World Cocoa Foundation Presiden Martin Short has resigned, effective Aug. 5.
Short, who joined the Foundation last year, said he was leaving to pursue other opportunities after having led a strategy review with the foundation’s board.
“It was a privilege to work with the talented team at the foundation and an engaged and enthused board of directors and to lead the strategy review that has put the foundation on a strong footing,” Short said. “The foundation is poised to move to another level of success and will be looking for the leadership to achieve that with the new strategy.”
A British national, Short joined the foundation after holding leadership positions in the non-profit and private sectors. His most recent position was CEO of The Power of Nutrition, a United Kingdom and U.S.-based non-profit.
“We’re sorry that Martin has decided to leave after a strong start at the foundation and wish him well in his new endeavors," said WCF Chairman Barry Parkin. "The foundation’s board will immediately start a search for a replacement to ensure that the plans to further increase the foundation’s impact on sustainability can be quickly implemented.”
Chris Vincent, senior vice president for programs, is interim president, effective Aug. 8.