New York — Annie Young-Scrivner is stepping down as CEO of Godiva Chocolatier at the end of November, according to parent company Yildiz Holding Inc., which reports Godiva board member Nurtac Afridi will take over as interim CEO. Afridi also serves as chief strategy & growth officer for Yildiz.
“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.”
Yildiz reports Afridi brings a wealth of business, operational and finance expertise to Godiva and vast experience in consumer and commercial businesses.
“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. “