The chief executive officer of Pladis, Cem Karakas, has reportedly stepped down from his role with immediate effect. Several sources have stated that this is due to ‘family health reasons’.
Further to this, Karakas has also reportedly taken a leave of absence from his second role as deputy chairman at Yildiz.
Pladis, the international snacks division of Turkey’s Yildiz Holding, is the home of brands such as McVitie’s and Godiva. The move will mean that Jim Zaza, the chairman of United Biscuits UK, will take over as CEO on an interim basis.
According to several sources, Pladis has begun the recruitment process to search for a permanent replacement for Karakas.
During his time at Yildiz Holding, Karakas collaborated with various biscuit and confectionery brands as executive deputy chairman and CFO, leading the integration of more than 20 baked goods and confectionery businesses into the company.
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