Keynote speaker: Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani, Inc., World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013

Interviewed by Uschi Schreiber

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Session recap

Values rooted in tradition

Chobani Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya continues to describe his yogurt company with passion and enthusiasm one year after being named World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013.

As Chobani has grown, Ulukaya has found plenty of challenges along the way, such as transforming and enhancing his workforce into one capable of managing a multinational business with more than $1 billion in annual sales.

He credits his humility and ability to remain grounded with his upbringing in a rural area of Turkey. The values of Chobani are rooted in those traditions, and this ethical, transparent and philanthropic way of doing business is, he believes, what today’s consumers want.

Ulukaya is sanguine about his competitors’ Greek-style yogurt products, which are appearing across the US market. While the product is important, Hamdi and his team are putting their energy into building a powerhouse brand, which he says is what will continue to set Chobani apart.

Keynote speaker

EY - Ulukaya Hamdi

Hamdi Ulukaya
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Chobani, Inc.
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 US
World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013

 
Interviewed by

EY - Uschi Schreiber

Uschi Schreiber
EY Global Markets Leader and
Global Government and Public Sector Leader