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We strive to be the partner of choice for retailers and consumers in the categories we serve.


Jared Knudson
Jared joined KIK as CEO in December, 2018.  Prior to this role, Jared was CEO of The Crosby Group (a KKR Portfolio company) since 2016. Jared held several Business President roles within Private Equity, beginning with The GSI Group in 2011 and later Culligan International in 2013. He began his career at Ford Motor Company within Product Development finance. Jared holds dual degrees from the University of Notre Dame: a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science – Mechanical Engineering.
Chief Executive Officer
Steve Jackson
Steve joined KIK in December 2019 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining KIK, he held positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with Anchor Glass, Driven Brands and Remington Arms Company where he also served as a Board member. Steve began his professional career with 13 years in the audit practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he left as a Partner in 2003. He brings over 25 years of proven leadership experience to KIK. Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Nichols College and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Financial Officer
Jennifer Alfaro
Jennifer joined KIK in 2019 as Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to KIK, she served as Chief Human Resources Officer at MORSCO since 2017. Jennifer previously held senior Human Resources roles with companies in the aerospace and manufacturing sectors including LMI Aerospace, B/E Aerospace, Dean Foods, Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Goodrich Corporation.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Jeff Schmitt
Jeff joined KIK as Chief Supply Chain Officer in April, 2019. Prior to this role, Jeff was the SVP of Global Supply Chain and R&D for the Outdoor and Recreation Division of Newell Brands. Jeff has held several executive leadership roles within Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Pitney Bowes, and Jarden Corp. He began his career as an Army Officer rising to the rank of Captain before joining the corporate workforce. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University and an MBA in operations from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Chief Operating Officer
Michael Sload
Michael is Group President of KIK responsible for our Household, Pool, and Automotive businesses. He joined the company in 2019 as President of KIK Automotive managing the division’s global operational and financial performance. Previously he spent 24 years at Colgate Palmolive with executive roles in general management and marketing. In his last role he was head of the Global Personal Care business which included leading brands such as Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Speed Stick, Protex and Sanex. He holds a BA from Trinity College and an MBA from Tuck School at Dartmouth.
Group President
Steve Olinger
Steve is the President of the KIK Household Division, and responsible for overseeing KIK’s North American Private Label and Branded Household products business. Steve has been with KIK for 14 years. Prior to joining KIK, Steve spent the majority of his career with leading CPG companies including P&G, Reckitt Benkiser, The Coca-Cola Company, and Nabisco. Roles included sales leadership and direct business management at different levels within each organization.
President, Household Care Division
Jon Viner
Jon is the President of the KIK Pool Division (operating as BioLab), and responsible for overseeing KIK’s global water care business, including operations in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. While KIK acquired BioLab in 2013, Jon has been leading BioLab since 2009. Prior to joining BioLab, Jon held various senior level corporate and business financial leadership positions for global specialty chemical companies, Great Lakes Chemicals and Chemtura. Jon is a Chartered Accountant, and started his career at PwC in the U.K.
President, Pool Care Division
Isabelle Pierre
Isabelle is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of KIK and joined the organization in 2017. Prior to joining KIK, Isabelle was Deputy General Counsel at General Dynamics Land Systems and had responsibility of the legal affairs of its international businesses. Before that, she held various positions with leading law firms and Fortune 100 companies.
EVP, General Counsel
Ari Sahakian
Ari joined KIK in 2014 and leads the Corporate Development activity, including mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining KIK, Ari was Vice President Corporate Development at a Canadian publicly listed healthcare services company, and PwC, as a Director in the Transaction Advisory group advising strategic and financial buyers on domestic and international transactions across a broad number of industries, including healthcare, technology and manufacturing. Ari is Chartered Accountant (Ontario) and Certified Public Accountant (Illinois), and holds a Masters in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo.
SVP, Corporate Development and Strategic Projects

We are KIK. We are guided by these values.

We follow through on our commitments.

We will meet our commitment to excellence by continually improving both the quality of our products and the services we provide to our customers.

We will work as a team, take action, accept responsibility and deliver results. Our success comes from hiring and continually developing the best.

In a customer-focused, profit-motivated way.

We work to satisfy every customer, meeting their requirements and exceeding their expectations. When our customers succeed, we succeed.

We are in business to make money. Profitability is essential for survival. We will make decisions that create value for our shareholders and allow us to invest in the future.

Never compromising on safety, ethics & integrity.

We will operate our business in a safe and compliant manner. We will make continuous progress towards our goal of no safety incidents, injuries or environmental incidents.

We will act responsibly and ethically in everything we do. We will conduct ourselves with honesty and personal integrity, show respect for fellow employees, do what is right and follow through on our commitments.


  • KIK starts as a single manufacturing facility with 100 employees in Concord, Ontario, producing private label bleach.

  • KIK builds North American network of private label bleach plants through a series of 8 acquisitions.

  • KIK expands its contract manufacturing platform through acquisitions of businesses and manufacturing facilities.

  • Expansion of Household business into private label cleaners.

  • KIK enters pool and spa treatment products business through acquisition of Chem Lab Product.

  • KIK signs licensing agreement with The Clorox Company to launch Clorox® Pool&Spa™ branded pool and spa treatment products.

  • KIK acquires BioLab, expanding its pool and spa treatment business within the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

  • KIK acquires Marietta to develop hospitality business, operating as Marietta Hospitality.

  • KIK acquires the Purox® brand of chlorinating liquid for pools in Canada.

  • KIK enters the automotive category through acquisition of Prestone® and Holts®, specializing in auto antifreeze/coolant, performance chemicals and appearance products.

  • KIK acquires custom manufacturer CBI Laboratories, focused on skin care products for the health and beauty industry.

  • KIK acquires the SYNaqua® and PoolsBest® brands in the German pool chemicals category.

  • KIK acquires Sunbelt Pool Chemicals, expanding as a manufacturer and distributor of pool chemicals, cleaners, and windshield wash in the United States.

  • KIK acquires Lavo, a Canadian manufacturer and marketer of laundry and cleaning products.

  • KIK acquires James Austin Company, a U.S. manufacturer of household cleaning, pool and automotive products.

  • KIK acquires certain assets and rights of the household cleaning brands: Comet, Spic and Span, Chore Boy and Cinch.

  • KIK acquires NC Brands L.P., a leading provider of specialty chemicals for recreational pools and spas in North America.

  • Divested personal care contract manufacturing and hospitality businesses to become a focused pure-play CPG company.