Chobani said recruitment under way for Burns successor

Chobani said recruitment under way for Burns' successor

US yogurt giant Chobani has confirmed COO Kevin Burns is to leave the company later this month.

Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, who announced the departure in a letter to employees, said Burns was leaving "with my full respect and support".

Ulukaya said: "His impact will stay with us for a long time and he'll always be part of the family. I'll of course continue to be involved in all aspects of the business on a day-to-day basis and Kevin's direct reports will now report into me. I've recently interviewed and spent quality time with several highly-qualified candidates for Kevin's role and plan to announce this person in the next 60-90 days."

A Chobani spokesperson declined to comment on the reasons for Burns' departure.

Burns, a former executive with TPG Capital, became Chobani's president and COO in 2014. Last year, Burns was reported to be a leading candidate to replace Ulukaya. However, at the time Chobani denied suggestions Ulukaya was being pushed out of the company.