Industry News | January 6, 2014

Yogurtland Welcomes Leadership Transition

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Yogurtland, a national self-serve frozen yogurt concept, announces changes to its executive leadership. founder Phillip Chang will become chairman of the company and Huntley Castner, currently COO, will become CEO. The move enables Chang to expand and deepen his focus on Christian mission activities including bringing clean water and education to poor communities in South America and Southeast Asia.

 

Phillip Chang founded Yogurtland in 2006 introducing the self-serve model to the frozen yogurt segment. The self-serve model along with developing its own proprietary flavors has turned Yogurtland into the industry’s top brand.

 

Chang, who recently turned 50, has been active in Christian mission efforts over the past several years. “I’ve come to the realization and decision that it is time to transition my life’s work toward serving and helping others across the world,” Chang says. “Of course, I will still be involved in setting strategy, vision, and culture of Yogurtland too.”

 

“Huntley has demonstrated the strong leadership that Yogurtland needs to take the brand into the future. I’m pleased to announce his promotion to chief executive officer. With Huntley and our capable leadership team, Yogurtland will continue to lead the industry,” he adds.

 

Castner joined Yogurtland in 2011 as chief operating officer and has helped guide the company through significant growth and expansion. Prior to Yogurtland, he served on the senior leadership team at Panda Restaurant Group (Panda Express) as vice president of strategy and finance. He also has valuable experience working at consulting firms serving the restaurant and food manufacturing industries.”