Key Executives

ARYZTA is managed by the executive management team  supported by local country heads having broad responsibilities for the business and its performance and development.

Urs Jordi
Interim CEO

1965, Swiss

Business economist, NKS (Aarau, Baden)

Urs Jordi has more than 30 years of experience in various national and international food companies at management and board level. He held various management positions within the Hiestand and ARYZTA Group, most recently as CEO of the listed Hiestand Holding AG (from 2008 within ARYZTA AG), and from 2010 to 2013 as CEO ARYZTA Food Europe & Asia Pacific. Since 2014, Urs Jordi has been involved in various own investments. He serves on the board of Schweizer Zucker AG. Urs Jordi is a trained baker and confectioner. Urs became a member and Chair of the Board in September 2020 and was appointed by the ARYZTA Board as Interim Group CEO on 19 November 2020.

Martin Huber
Group Chief Financial Officer

1970, Swiss
Lic. oec HSG in Business Administration, Finance and Accounting from University of St. Gallen

Martin Huber joins ARYZTA with a wealth of finance and controlling expertise and a strong track record in driving value creation in both turnaround and growth business situations. Martin is a highly experienced multinational executive having lived and worked in Switzerland, Germany, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil. Over the last 20 years at Nestlé, he has held senior finance and controlling positions as market CFO. From 2011 to begining of 2016 he was the market CFO for Nestlé Brazil subsequently he assumed the role of Head of Group Control at Nestlé S.A. and from 2018, Martin was the CFO for the globally managed business of Nespresso. Martin Joined the Executive Comittee in August 2021.

Rhona Shakespeare (Nee O'Brien)
General Counsel and Company Secretary

1974, Irish
Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland; Law (LLB Hons), Trinity College Dublin; Masters (LLM Hons) in Commercial Law from University College Dublin; Diploma in Notarial Law & Practice (Dip. Not.) (F.N.P.I.), Faculty of Notaries Public in Ireland

Rhona has served as a senior legal and regulatory advisor with over 20 years of legal and governance experience. Rhona joined ARYZTA on 11 September 2018 from DCC Vital Ltd (part of the DCC plc business) where she held the role of Senior Counsel, Legal & Compliance. Prior to joining DCC Vital, Rhona was Senior Director of Legal and Risk Management at Parexel International (IRL) Limited. Rhona was General Counsel and a member of the Executive Senior Management Team from 2013 to 2016 and Director of Regulation, Public Policy, Compliance and Equivalence from 2014 to 2016 at eir (formerly eircom). Rhona trained with Arthur Cox and is a qualified solicitor admitted in Ireland by the Law Society of Ireland and in England and Wales by the Law Society of England and Wales. 

Sandip Gudka
Chief Operations Officer

1976, British
Bachelors of Law (LLB) & LPC (Distinction), Cardiff University (UK); Executive MBA, London Business School

Sandip has 20 years of experience in the Bakery industry and was appointed as Chief Operations Officer and a member of the Executive Committee in April 2023. Sandip joined ARYZTA in 2015 and has held a variety of leadership roles across the Group, most recently as the Managing Director of the Global Bun Bakeries business unit and preceding that as Chief Customer Officer, ARYZTA Europe. Prior to joining ARYZTA, Sandip spent more than a decade at United Biscuits (now Pladis) working across a number of geographies (Europe, Asia and Africa) in diverse leadership and commercial roles. Sandip started his career as a lawyer at Allen & Overy LLP (London) in 2001.

Christophe Toitot
Chief Procurement Officer
Christophe was appointed a member of the ARYZTA group Executive Committee in October 2023 and has over 25 years of experience in the food industry. Christophe has held various procurement leadership positions in ARYZTA for the past 17 years and rejoined the group in January 2021 to be appointed Chief Procurement Officer in July 2021. Prior to that, he held a COO and Board member position for a mid-sized business growing a sustainable organic and fairtrade food Farm to fork model in Europe, West Africa, South America, and Maghreb. Trained in the food industry, Christophe holds an executive MBA from HEC Paris and started his career in South Africa taking over and reviving a struggling bakery business.