SWITZERLAND Firmenich, the Geneva-based taste and fragrance company has announced key strategic changes in its leadership team and appointed Boet Brinkgreve as the company new President of Ingredients to strengthen its industry leadership in the ingredients business.

Prior to this appointment, Boet was the company’s Chief Supply Chain Officer. The company said that Boet will continue to report directly to Firmenich CEO, Gilbert Ghostine.

In his new role, Boet will be responsible for the end-to-end management of sales, portfolio management and industrial operations, overseeing the manufacturing sites focused on flavors and perfumery  as well as new business segments, such as health & nutrition, cosmetics and agriculture.

“Boet has an outstanding track record of driving strategic growth at Firmenich since 2007 and has made operations a key differentiator for the Group. I am confident he will accelerate our excellence in natural, biotech, biodegradable and renewable ingredients for our customers and their consumers,” said Gilbert.

Following Boet’s appointment to the new role, the company’s former Senior Vice-President Corporate Strategy and M&A, Jean-Philippe Lebudel has been named to the role of Chief Supply Chain Officer reporting to Eric Nicolas, Chief Operating Officer.

As Chief Supply Chain Officer, Firmenich said that Jean-Philippe will be responsible for customer supply and industrial operations for perfumery and flavors globally, with oversight of more than 30 manufacturing facilities, as well as customer care, logistics and planning.

“Jean-Philippe has led our corporate strategy and M&A activities, successfully securing 12 acquisitions over the past 4 years.” Gilbert commented. Most recently, the company acquired French ingredients supplier Les Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques (DRT).

The company said that it will integrate DRT into Firmenich’s Ingredients Business with Boet responsible for leading the company’s smooth integration within Firmenich.

In addition, the flavour and fragrance firm announced that Gianluca Colombo will join the company as Chief Procurement Officer, to lead strategic sourcing, procurement and supplier collaboration for Firmenich worldwide.

Marios Broustas has also been appointed as Senior Vice-President Corporate Strategy and M&A and further named Diego Chantrain to the the newly-created role of Head of Investor Relations. Marios succeeds Jean-Philippe Lebudel, who takes over as Chief Supply Chain Officer.

With the appointments, Firmenich CEO Gilbert Ghostine, said that the company will be able to accelerate its growth, maximize effectiveness, and set up a dedicated end-to-end ingredients business.

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