Utz Brands, a leading U.S. manufacturer of branded salty snacks, appointed Kevin Powers as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, effective January 4, 2021. Powers joins Utz with nearly 15 years of experience in investor relations, with a strong background in consumer packaged goods and retail.
Powers will report to Cary Devore, EVP & Chief Financial Officer, said the company.
“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, Utz’s Chief Executive Officer. “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 in 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 Vice President, Investor Relations since 2018.
Previously, he held roles in investor relations and communications at Snyder’s-Lance, Inc, Campbell Soup Company, 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 B.A. from Boston University.
Based in Hanover, Pennsylvania, Utz operates 14 facilities located in Pennsylvania, Alabama, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Washington, and Massachusetts. The company manufactures a diverse portfolio of savory snacks under popular brands including Utz, On The Border, Zapp’s, Golden Flake, Good Health, Boulder Canyon, Hawaiian Brand, and Tortiyahs! among others.