New York / NY. (gc) Godiva Chocolatier, owned by Yildiz Holding, has announced that CEO Annie Young-Scrivner will depart at the end of November to pursue another opportunity. Nurtac Afridi, a Godiva Board member as well as Yildiz Holding’s Chief Strategy and Growth Officer, will be leading Godiva as Interim CEO.
«Annie has made significant contributions to Godiva during her tenure, like building an exceptional Executive Committee who will continue their work to make Godiva the world’s most beloved and accessible premium chocolate company,» says Afridi. «We thank Annie for her vision, leadership, and passion and we wish her the very best in her new role.»
Afridi brings an impressive combination of business, operational, and finance experience to Godiva along with a strong passion for people and nurturing talent. She has vast experience in various consumer and commercial businesses, a proven track record of powerful business results in corporate development, and extensive strategic expertise, which will ensure that Godiva continues to seize opportunities that honor its roots and align with its bold vision for the future.
«At Godiva, we have nearly 95 years of craftsmanship and premium chocolate expertise,» says Afridi. «The exceptional quality of our products reflects this rich and beautiful heritage, dedication to innovation, and commitment to using the finest ingredients. I’m delighted and inspired to lead such an incredible brand and to work with this terrific team to ensure we continue extending our reach and leveraging our various channels to deliver on our brand’s purpose – to open people’s eyes to a more wonderful world. I look forward to working with the team to expand our omnichannel business, continue putting digital at the center of all that we do, grow in key geographies, and, most importantly, exceeding consumer expectations and bringing joy to our employees.»