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Fashion exec joins Godiva c-suite

Godiva Chocolatier has appointed a new finance head — and in so doing reached an important milestone.

The premium chocolate maker named Virginie Costa as CFO, effective Aug. 6. With the appointment, a full 50% of Godiva’s global executive committee will now be female, the company noted.

Costa joins Godiva with 20 years of financial and operational experience. Most recently, she served as CFO and operations officer for Burberry Americas where she led finance, customer operations, technology, legal and other functions.

At Godiva, Costa will succeed current CFO Selim Baraz, who has decided to leave the business at the end of December after six successful years in which he led the global finance, IT and strategy teams.

"We are thrilled to have Virginie join our Executive team," said Annie Young-Scrivner, CEO of Godiva. "She brings strong leadership experience in modernizing and building finance and operations teams to drive productivity and profitability. Virginie joining the team further demonstrates our commitment to supporting women in leadership as 50% of my global executive committee will now be female."
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