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Chobani names former Goldman Sachs exec Mick Beekhuizen new CFO

20 Apr 2016

Chobani, the US yoghurt maker, has appointed former Goldman Sachs executive Mick Beekhuizen as its new CFO.

Chobani names former Goldman Sachs exec Mick Beekhuizen new CFO

Chobani has confirmed reports it has appointed former Goldman Sachs executive Mick Beekhuizen as its new CFO.

Beekhuizen worked for Goldman Sachs between 2000 and 2013. He was as managing director within the investment bank’s private-equity arm from 2014 to 2013.

His most recent role was as CFO of US schools operator Education Management Corp., which he left in January

Beekhuizen replaces Dipak Golechha, who had been with Chobani since 2013 after joining from Procter & Gamble. Chobani gave no reason for Golechha’s departure when contacted by just-food.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Beekhuizen said he was drawn to Chobani’s “great brand”, adding one of his first goals in the role will be to weigh up the company’s international opportunities – particularly smaller markets – and new products.

In February, it emerged Chobani had turned down offers from suitors interested in investing in the company, instead deciding to remain independent.

“Everything is on the table,” Beekhuizen told The Wall Street Journal, referring to Chobani’s future, including a potential initial public offering.

Beekhuizen added he would ensure Chobani’s finance function extends throughout the company including sales, marketing and the supply chain to help Chobani make decisions faster.