Yildiz Holding owned chocolate manufacturers GODIVA has announced that CEO Annie-Young-Scrivner, will depart at the end of November and appoints Nurtac Afridi as the new Interim CEO.

Newly appointed Nurtac Afridi, is a GODIVA Board member as well as Yildiz Holding’s Chief Strategy & Growth Officer.

She says,

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.

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.

She is looking forward to this new role, and says,

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. “

About GODIVA Chocolatier
GODIVA Chocolatier is the global leader in premium, artisanal chocolate. The company was founded in Brussels in 1926 by Belgian Chocolatier, Pierre Draps. GODIVA has distribution in more than 100 countries across the globe.

About Yildiz Holding
Yıldız Holding, headquartered in İstanbul, has over 300 brands available in more than 120 countries. The company, which is 100 percent owned by the Ülker Family, operates globally and serves a 4 billion population with its 61 factories and nearly 65,000 employees worldwide. The company is focused on confectionery (chocolate, biscuits, cakes, gum, candy) and retail business. Yıldız Holding increased its share in global markets with iconic brands like GODIVA, Ülker, and McVitie’s.


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