Erlanger, KY – Mehmet Yuksek, president and CEO of Perfetti Van Melle North America, is stepping down effective August 17, according to the company. Mehmet has been with the company for more than 21 years. Fred King, CFO of the North American operation will serve as interim CEO until a successor is named.
Yuksek served as CEO for five years before adding Mexico to his U.S. and Canadian responsibilities, and assuming the role of President and CEO, Perfetti Van Melle North America.
The company reports the U.S. operation experienced double-digit organic growth under Yuksek’s tenure and became a top five player in the confectionery market. In 2017, the Erlanger, KY, operations increased its manufacturing capacity and grew in personnel by 20 percent, now employing more than 360 people.
Yuksek states: “I have been both fortunate and very proud to spend the past 21 years working with such a great company and with so many wonderfully talented individuals. My colleagues, as well as our customers, brokers and consumers, made my role at Perfetti Van Melle both a pleasure and an honor.”
With Yuksek at the helm, the company also earned recognition for its work culture and its products. In 2018, the company received a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Business Impact Award and in it earned a 2017 Cincy Magazine MANNY Award, naming the company a “Best Place to Work” among Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky manufacturing companies. C&ST