NORWICH, N.Y. — Tim Brown has been named president and chief operating officer of Chobani, L.L.C. In his new role, he will report to Hamdi Ulukaya, founder, owner, chief executive officer and chairman, and will oversee the company’s operations, sales, marketing, legal and finance teams.
Mr. Brown brings more than 30 years of food industry experience to Chobani. Most recently, as president and c.e.o. of Nestle Waters North America, he was responsible for a portfolio of brands, including Perrier, San Pellegrino and Poland Spring, with $4.3 billion in annual net sales and supported by 8,500 employees. Previously, he held the same role at Nestle Canada, reversing a three-year flat revenue growth trend within two years to achieve profitable sales gains and delivering an increase in margin profitability.
“Tim and I clicked the moment we met,” Mr. Ulukaya said. “He’s an amazing leader with views and values I really respect and believe in. With his deep experience in consistently delivering quality growth, he’s the perfect person to partner with me in continuing to lead the new wave of better food for more people. Chobani’s in a very strong position with greater potential than ever before and now with Tim joining we’ll grab it.”
Chobani, an independently owned company with more than 2,000 employees, has a 37.6% market share in the Greek yogurt category, with 19.8% share in the overall spoonable yogurt category. The company has recently announced product and production expansions, including a $100 million investment in its Twin Falls, Idaho, plant last year and the introduction of a new drinkable yogurt line. Chobani’s top-line sales have grown double digits year over year, according to the company.“Joining a company like Chobani to partner with someone like Hamdi and this great team is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Mr. Brown said. “I’ve been following Chobani for years as they have changed the food landscape in this country. I’m thrilled and honored to be coming aboard at a time of such momentum and incredible potential.”