Chobani announces two executive leadership appointments, both effective immediately: Tarkan Gurkan as CFO and Kenneth Bishop to new role of SVP of international market development

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NEW BERLIN, New York , September 23, 2022 (press release) –

Food Maker names Tarkan Gürkan Chief Financial Officer; creates role for International Market Development

Chobani today announced two executive leadership appointments, effective immediately. Tarkan Gürkan was named Chief Financial Officer. Kenneth Bishop was appointed to the new role of Senior Vice President International Market Development.

“I have known Tarkan for years, and for the past three months, he successfully served as our Interim Chief Financial Officer. I am happy to have him on board full-time and excited to have Ken join the Chobani family,” commented Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Chobani. “I am immensely proud of what we have built at Chobani and am pleased to have Tarkan and Ken as part of the team that will lead us into our next phase of growth. These two leaders understand our culture and values of doing well by doing good, and their perspectives will be essential as we continue on our journey to make good quality food for everyone.”

Both Gürkan and Bishop will join the company’s Executive Leadership Team and report directly to Kevin Burns, Chobani President and Chief Operating Officer.

“I am happy to welcome both Tarkan and Ken to the Chobani family,” said Kevin Burns, Chobani President and COO. “With Tarkan’s excellent financial experience and Ken’s knowledge of international markets, I am confident we have the right leadership team in place to continue building on the positive momentum we are currently seeing in the business and our focus remains on strong execution and driving profitable growth.”

Gürkan has deep industry and financial knowledge, joining Chobani with more than 25 years of experience in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining Chobani, Gürkan was Chief Investment Officer at Shepherd Futures, LLC. Before that, he was Senior Vice President, Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions, at PepsiCo responsible for leading, sourcing and the execution of M&As and partnerships. He previously served as Vice President, Corporate Development, at Campbell Soup Company. Gürkan also held financial leadership positions at Lehman Brothers Inc. and Nabisco Holdings Corp. He received his MBA from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and his bachelor’s degree from Boğaziçi University.

As SVP of International Market Development, Bishop will help develop a strategy for Chobani’s expansion into international markets. Currently, Chobani manufactures and distributes products in the U.S. and Australia, and exports products to some countries in Asia and Latin America. Based in Singapore, Bishop brings extensive consumer goods and private equity experience to Chobani. He has been assisting companies expand globally for more than 15 years – including Facebook and Juul Labs. Bishop also serves as an External Advisor at Bain & Company, a top management consulting firm, and is an active angel investor. He received his bachelor’s degree from Miami University.

About Chobani

Chobani is a food maker with a mission of making high-quality and nutritious food accessible to more people, while elevating our communities and making the world a healthier place. In short: making good food for all. In support of this mission, we are a values-driven, people-first, food-and-wellness-focused company, and have been since Hamdi Ulukaya, an immigrant to the U.S., founded the company in 2005. We produce yogurt, oatmilk, dairy- and plant-based creamers, ready-to-drink coffee and plant-based probiotic drinks. Chobani yogurt is America's No.1 yogurt brand, and it’s made with only natural ingredients without artificial preservatives.

Chobani uses food as a force for good in the world – putting humanity first in everything we do. Our philanthropic efforts prioritize giving back to our communities and beyond: working to eradicate child hunger, supporting immigrants, refugees and underrepresented people, honoring veterans, and protecting the planet. We manufacture our products in New York, Idaho, and Australia. Chobani products are available throughout North America and distributed in Australia and other select markets. For more information, please visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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