WCF President Martin Short steps down after less than a year in the role

By Anthony Myers

- Last updated on GMT

Martin Short.  WCF
Martin Short. WCF

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Martin Short’s short tenure at the helm of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) was announced in a brief media statement by the Washington-based organisation.

Short, who joined the Foundation in September 2021, said he was leaving to pursue other opportunities after having led a strategy review with the Foundation’s Board.

It was a privilege to work with the talented team at the Foundation and an engaged and enthused Board of Directors and to lead the strategy review that has put the Foundation on a strong footing​,” Short said. “The Foundation is poised to move to another level of success and will be looking for the leadership to achieve that with the new strategy​.”

A British national, Short joined the Foundation after holding leadership positions in the non-profit and private sectors. His most recent position was as Chief Executive Officer at The Power of Nutrition, a United Kingdom and US-based non-profit.

Foundation Chairman Barry Parkin said: “We’re sorry that Martin has decided to leave after a strong start at the Foundation and wish him well in his new endeavours. The Foundation’s Board will immediately start a search for a replacement to ensure that the plans to further increase the Foundation’s impact on sustainability can be quickly implemented​.”

Chris Vincent, the Foundation’s Senior Vice President for Programmes, will be Interim President effective from Monday, 8 August

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