As of October 1, 2022, Henk Jan will be stepping down from his role as ‘Chief Chocolate Officer’ at Tony’s. After almost 12 years of leading Tony’s Chocolonely, Henk Jan will be handing over the baton but staying on as a shareholder and on Tony’s supervisory board.

He’s boldly raised the bar on the issues of child labour and modern slavery in cocoa. Under his leadership Tony’s has grown from a little over €1 million to €142 million est. revenue in our current fiscal year. Now, working with close to 9,000 farmers and leading our 300 strong Tony’s team, the company has said “it’s time for him to take a different path”.

Henk Jan commented: “We’re living in a crazy time. After a worldwide pandemic, we’re now facing a horrible situation in Ukraine. What I want to share with you is nothing compared to this.

“After almost 12 years as Tony’s chief chocolate officer, this coming October, I’ll be handing over the baton and making way for Tony’s Chocolonely to flourish in an exciting, new chapter. This new chapter outgrows what I’ve liked most in my role; hands-on making impact as an entrepreneur.

“It’s been one helluva rollercoaster – one I wouldn’t have missed for anything in the world. Leading this bold, mission-driven impact business has been an absolute honor. Looking back, I feel privileged to have worked with the talented team Tonys. I am proud of the impact we’ve made together thus far. And I feel excited about the impact that Tony’s will make in the years to come.

“Tony’s is lucky to have a new CEO in Douglas Lamont and I am delighted to hand over to him – with his wealth of experience in scaling innocent drinks internationally, he’s the perfect person to continue to drive Tony’s Chocolonely’s mission. I’m confident that, together with Tony’s team, our vision of making 100% slave free the norm in chocolate is in good hands.

“All that being said, I’m very much looking forward to continuing my involvement in Tony’s mission and growth as shareholder and advisor on the supervisory board.

“I want to take this moment to thank the entire team Tony’s, all the cocoa farmers and partner cooperatives who’ve joined us on this journey, and all you Choco Fans out there who’ve loved our chocolate and shared our story. A big fat thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.”

Tony’s has announced that Douglas Lamont will be taking up the reins in delivering Tony’s mission – and with 15 years of balancing purpose and profit whilst scaling innocent drinks under his belt, Tony’s said they are “eager to get cracking at making even more impact together in chocolate!”

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