Litehouse Inc., a Sandpoint, Idaho-based maker of dairy- and nondairy based refrigerated salad dressings (RSD), said its board of directors promoted Kelly Prior to the position of president and CEO, effective immediately. Prior previously held the role of president at Litehouse. In his newly expanded role, Prior will be responsible for setting the company’s strategic direction and vision.

Prior joined Litehouse in 2002 and became chief financial officer by 2005, the company said. In 2010, he was appointed executive vice president of the company; he took on the role of interim president in 2018, and officially moved into the president role in February of 2019. Over the past year as president, Prior has made it a priority to focus his time and energy on developing a long-term business strategy for Litehouse.

“The success of Litehouse is in large part due to the hard work and perseverance of our employee owners,” said Prior. “It’s crucial we have a forward-thinking strategy to ensure we continue to build a sustainable business that provides our employee owners with opportunities for years to come. I am honored to work with my fellow employee owners to ensure that we maintain our position as the No. 1 RSD brand while also expanding our footprint into other categories of the store.”