Enjoy Life Foods, the country’s leading manufacturer of allergy-friendly AND gluten-free foods, announced today that it has named finance veteran Duane Lenz to the newly created position of Director of Finance and Controller.
Contact: Susan Schneider
For Immediate Release
SCHILLER PARK, IL (November 13, 2008) – Enjoy Life Foods, the country’s leading manufacturer of allergy-friendly AND gluten-free foods, announced today that it has named finance veteran Duane Lenz to the newly created position of Director of Finance and Controller.
As Director of Finance and Controller for Enjoy Life Foods, Lenz will be responsible for managing and directing the company’s financial planning, accounting and cash management practices, and its relationships with lending institutions and the financial community.
Lenz, 53, joins Enjoy Life Foods with more than 28 years of experience in finance. Since beginning his career in 1980, he has held various finance and controller positions in the manufacturing industry. Prior to joining Enjoy Life Foods, Lenz was Chief Financial Officer of Powervar, Inc., a global provider of power management systems headquartered in Waukegan, IL, a position he held since 1996.
“Duane Lenz is an important addition to the Enjoy Life Foods team,” says Scott Mandell, CEO, President and Founder of Enjoy Life Foods. “We are pleased to have someone of Duane’s caliber in this position to help guide Enjoy Life Foods at this critical stage in our company’s growth. His experience with rapidly-growing, entrepreneurial companies will be invaluable to us.”
Lenz earned his B.A. in Business Administration, Management and Accounting at Purdue University in 1978.
About Enjoy Life Foods
Enjoy Life Natural Brands, LLC (d/b/a Enjoy Life Foods, LLC (ELF)) was founded in 2001 with the mission of making great-tasting allergy-friendly foods that most everyone can eat freely. The company launched the Enjoy Life brand in 2002 with a broad product line that is free of the eight most common allergens and gluten-free. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing consumer base, in 2004 the company acquired Perky’s™, a line of gluten- and nut-free cereals. Today, ELF offers 29 different Enjoy Life and Perky’s products that are sold in natural food and select grocery stores throughout the United States and Canada. Visit www.enjoylifefoods.com and www.perkysnaturalfoods.com for store locations and more. In September 2008, Enjoy Life Foods was named to Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held businesses in the U.S. for a second consecutive year. In November 2008, CEO, President and Co-Founder Scott Mandell was named to Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 list. For more information, visit www.enjoylifenb.com.