Utz Brands, a U.S. manufacturer of branded salty snacks, has appointed Kevin Powers to SVP of investor relations. The appointment was effective Jan. 4. Powers joins Utz with nearly 15 years of experience in investor relations, with a strong background in consumer-packaged goods and retail. He will report to Cary Devore, EVP and CFO.
“As a newly public company, we continue to build our connectivity with the investment community and are very pleased to have an investor relations professional of Kevin’s caliber join the Utz team,” said Dylan Lissette, CEO. “He brings a deep and broad pool of knowledge of investor relations, corporate finance and M&A to Utz, having led programs at several prominent companies, including within the consumer space. Kevin will play an integral role building our relationships and articulating our continued commitment to generating sustainable growth that enhances long-term shareholder value.”
Powers joins Utz from CommScope Inc., a technology company focused on advanced wired and wireless networks, where he served as VP of investor relations since 2018. Previously, he held roles in investor relations and communications at Snyder’s-Lance Inc., Campbell Soup Co. and Family Dollar Stores, among others. At Snyder’s-Lance, Powers received the Institutional Investors All-America Executive Team award. He also served as president, treasurer, and program chair of the Charlotte Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), a professional association for investor relations professionals. Powers received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.
Hanover, Pennsylvania-based Utz manufactures a diverse portfolio of savory snacks under brands including Utz, On The Border, Zapp’s, Golden Flake, Good Health, Boulder Canyon, Hawaiian Brand and Tortiyahs!, among others.
Utz’s products are distributed nationally and internationally through grocery, mass merchant, club, convenience, drug and other channels. Utz operates 14 facilities in Pennsylvania, Alabama, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Washington and Massachusetts.