Callebaut Americas CEO To Retire, Boone Named Successor


Zurich, Switzerland — David S. Johnson is set to retire as president and CEO of Barry Callebaut AG’s Americas division on August 31, the chocolate supplier reports. He will be succeeded by Peter Boone.

Boone, who will assume his new role on September 1, currently serves as chief innovation & quality assurance officer and is a member of Callebaut’s executive board. He joined the chocolate supplier in 2012, bringing a wealth of international experience from senior leadership roles with Unilever in Oceania, Latin America and Europe.

Taking on Boone’s previous position will be Pablo E. Perversi, who most recently served as vice-president, foods, for Unilever Europe. He has also held a variety of marketing, sales and general manager roles for Unilever, where he worked for nearly 24 years.

Callebaut CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique say: “On behalf of our executive committee I would like to sincerely thank Dave Johnson for eight highly successful years at the helm of region Americas. During his tenure, he nearly doubled our sales volume and our profitability in the Americas, shaped Barry Callebaut into the number one industrial chocolate company in Mexico and created a solid foothold for our company in South America, while also building a very strong and cohesive team over the years.”

Johnson will retain his role on the chocolate supplier’s board until the end of 2017 to ensure a smooth transition, Callebaut reports.