Gaby Tschofen, Barry Callebaut’s vice-president Corporate Communications, has announced she is stepping down from the role and will be succeeded by Christiaan Prins, currently the group’s head of external affairs and a member of Tschofen’s team.
Prins joined Barry Callebaut from Unilever where he served on its European External Affairs team in Brussels from 2008 to 2016, initially as deputy head, then as head of European External Affairs. From 2002 to 2008, he worked as policy advisor to a member of the European Parliament in Brussels. Forty-one-year-old Prins is a Dutch national, holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and has been in his current role since 2016.
After more than 15 years as the company’s vice-president corporate communications, Tschofen will remain a part of the Barry Callebaut family as she will again organize the CHOCOVISION stakeholder conference in June 2020 and then take on a part-time role as head of Diversity & Inclusion.
Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of Barry Callebaut Group, said: “I’d like to thank Gaby warmly for her many years of outstanding service to Barry Callebaut and to me personally. Starting in 2001, Gaby has built and shaped the corporate communications function into a professional, high-performing team from which we have been able to select her successor. I would like to congratulate Christiaan on his promotion to VP Corporate Communications. I am looking forward to working with him even more closely as from February. I wish both colleagues, Gaby and Christiaan, the best for their future.”