Swisher has appointed Neil Kiely to the positions of president and CEO and Jeffrey Brown as executive vice president of sales. Kiely previously served as Swisher’s president, and Brown was previously the general manager of E-Alternative Solutions (EAS), a sister company of Swisher.
As president and CEO, Kiely will lead the strategic growth, transformation and diversification of Swisher’s portfolio in a variety of lifestyle categories, bringing over three decades of experience growing and transforming consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies.
One of Kiely’s first moves as president and CEO was to tap Brown, who has more than 37 years of industry and leadership experience in several CPG categories, including cigars, vapor and CBD, to lead Swisher sales. At EAS, Brown was responsible for staffing the team and developing and implementing strategic plans for new products.
“Jeff has shown tremendous growth since joining EAS in 2014 and has demonstrated the leadership and acumen required for managing Swisher’s global sales strategy,” said Kiely. “Between his experience leading large sales teams and introducing new products in innovative ways, Jeff has earned this opportunity and is well equipped to lead us as we continue to transform and diversify our product portfolio.”
The Kiely and Brown appointments follow the recent transition of Chris Howard to the role of executive vice president of external affairs and new product compliance. Kiely, Brown and Howard are part of the company’s executive leadership team, which comprises Jacinta Carter, executive vice president of human resources, people and culture; Christopher Casey, executive vice president of legal/general counsel; and Edward Barlow, senior vice president of operations.