NEW YORK, April 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- GODIVA Chocolatier, the global leader in premium chocolate, announced today the appointment of Caroline Le Roch as its President of Americas, effective April 1, 2019. In this new role, Le Roch will join the company's Executive Committee and lead GODIVA's expansion in the Americas by taking the iconic brand's Belgian craftmanship and premium chocolate into new products & categories, accelerating its distribution channels, entering new geographies, and launching experiential GODIVA Cafés in key markets.
Le Roch joins GODIVA with nearly 20 years of sales, merchandising, and global leadership experience. She has successfully led businesses in multiple countries across Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. Most recently, she was the Interim Managing Director for L'Occitane, leading a complex, omnichannel business in North America. During her 13-year tenure at L'Occitane, Le Roch demonstrated exceptional leadership in defining the new vision and strategy for the brand. She is a natural leader who is widely recognized for building an inspiring company culture and expanding growth opportunities across multiple channels.
"We are excited to add Caroline's incredible leadership and market knowledge to our team," said Annie Young-Scrivner, CEO of GODIVA. "She has extensive experience in building and leading high-performing teams across channels and geographies, which will be invaluable to us as we grow our business fivefold over the next six years. Caroline is also a true believer in developing talent, which aligns perfectly with the tremendous value we place on investing in our people so that they can realize their full potential. Her track record of accelerating growth and her understanding of the Latin America market will also enable us to successfully broaden our reach throughout the Americas."
"I am delighted to join the GODIVA team and be part of such a beloved global brand," said Caroline Le Roch. "After many years in the fast-growing beauty industry, I am looking forward to this intriguing change to F&B and bringing my experience and knowledge to GODIVA, especially at such a pivotal time for the brand. I look forward to partnering with the company's talented and passionate teams to ensure the GODIVA brand achieves unprecedented growth and creates more wonderful moments in the lives of our consumers."
Born and raised in France, Le Roch holds a master's degree from La Sorbonne in Paris and is fluent in French, English, and Spanish. Le Roch has a passion for giving back to her community and lives in New York with her husband and their two young children. She will be based in GODIVA's New York City headquarters.
About GODIVA Chocolatier
GODIVA Chocolatier is the global leader in premium, artisanal chocolate. The company was founded in Brussels in 1926 by Belgian Chocolatier, Pierre Draps. Nearly a century later, every piece of GODIVA chocolate is still bursting with quality, Belgian craftsmanship, and the world's finest ingredients.
GODIVA has distribution in more than 100 countries across the globe. Customers can experience GODIVA at the iconic brand's chocolate boutiques, chocolate cafes, GODIVA.com, and at many fine retailers.
GODIVA is committed to innovative and delicious food and beverage products that exceed consumer expectations and create wonderful moments. From its famous truffles and shell-moulded chocolate pieces to its European-style biscuits, individually wrapped chocolates, gourmet coffees, hot cocoa, soft serve and other indulgences, GODIVA is dedicated to bringing the ultimate chocolate experience to the world.
As a socially responsible business, GODIVA has global practices and programs designed to provide meaningful support to cocoa farmers, safeguard our environment, and empower the communities where we live and work. To learn more about these powerful initiatives, visit GODIVA Cares.
The legend of our namesake, Lady GODIVA
When Lady GODIVA, wife of Lord Leofric, protested against the taxation of his subjects, she agreed to ride through the streets of Coventry "clad in naught but her long tresses," and, so long as the residents remained in shuttered buildings, their tax burden would be lifted. The following morning, she made her famous ride and, despite the temptation, the citizens graciously remained indoors. Leofric kept his word and reduced the taxes to the delight of his subjects, ensuring GODIVA's legendary status throughout the centuries. Inspired by the values of Lady GODIVA – passion, generosity, and pioneering spirit -- GODIVA's legendary name has become a universal symbol of luxury, quality and the most delicious chocolate.
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