Godiva Chocolate names former Starbucks, PepsiCo exec as CEO

By Douglas Yu contact

- Last updated on GMT

Godiva's former CEO Mohamed Elsarky will continue to be part of the company.  Photo: Godiva
Godiva's former CEO Mohamed Elsarky will continue to be part of the company. Photo: Godiva
Godiva Chocolate has named Annie Young-Scrivner as its new CEO, taking effect on Sept. 14, 2017. 

Young-Scrivner, who will be based in Godiva’s New York office, will lead the development of markets including Japan, China, and North America as well as the company’s travel retail business.

Annie Young-Scrivner
Annie Young-Scrivner Photo: Godiva

Young-Scrivner previously worked as global CMO at Starbucks, where she led social and digital media strategy. She also worked as chairman at PepsiCo Food in China, where her team delivered double-digit growth.

Chairman of Godiva, Murat Ulker, said, “[Young-Scrivner] will play a major role in digitizing the company, globalizing our e-business and improving customer experience in our retail boutiques.”

Former CEO stepped down

Former Godiva CEO and president, Mohamed Elsarky, has decided to step down to focus on new projects.

Elsarky will continue to be part of the company, working as a member of the Yildiz Holding leadership team.

The Turkish conglomerate acquired Godiva for $850m in 2008 from the Campbell Soup Company, and consolidated its subsidiaries, including United Biscuits, Godiva, Ulker and DeMet’s Candy, into a $5.2bn global company Pladis​ in June 2016.

Related topics: Manufacturers, Chocolate, Yildiz Holding

Related news


Post your comment

We will not publish your email address on the website

These comments have not been moderated. You are encouraged to participate with comments that are relevant to our news stories. You should not post comments that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, misleading or invasive of privacy. For the full terms and conditions for commenting see clause 7 of our Terms and Conditions ‘Participating in Online Communities’. These terms may be updated from time to time, so please read them before posting a comment. Any comment that violates these terms may be removed in its entirety as we do not edit comments. If you wish to complain about a comment please use the "REPORT ABUSE" button or contact the editors.