FIRMENICH APPOINTS JANE SINCLAIR AS GENERAL COUNSEL
Geneva, Switzerland, December 09, 2015 – Firmenich appoints Jane Sinclair as General Counsel, effective February 1st 2016. She will report directly to Firmenich CEO, Gilbert Ghostine as a member of the Executive Committee. Based in Geneva, she will also act as Secretary to the Company’s Board. Jane joins Firmenich from AbbVie where her most recent role was Head of International Legal and Global Privacy. She succeeds Dominique Graz, who will be leaving Firmenich at the end of February 2016 to join a leading Swiss Law Firm.
“I am very proud to be welcoming Jane, a highly accomplished global leader, as General Counsel and member of the Executive Committee to Firmenich”, says Gilbert Ghostine, Firmenich CEO. “Her sharp legal and international expertise across the FMCG and Pharmaceutical industries will be instrumental in shaping and supporting the Company’s ambitious vision, while ensuring best-in-class legal support across our operations worldwide. I would also like to sincerely thank Dominique for successfully building the legal Function within Firmenich over the past 22 years. Throughout his tenure, he contributed greatly to Firmenich’s success through critical years of global expansion. I extend my deepest appreciation to Dominique for his unwavering dedication and leadership and wish him every success for his future endeavors.”
Jane Sinclair said: “I am very excited to be joining Firmenich, a visionary company that stands for world-class research and creativity, with a cutting edge sustainability agenda. My goal is to play a strategic role in supporting the company’s next era of development, leveraging my global expertise.”
Jane is an international corporate lawyer with significant experience in both emerging and mature markets across Asia and Europe in the FMCG and pharmaceutical sectors. Jane has lived and worked in Australia, Asia, Europe and the US. Prior to her role as Head of International Legal and Global Privacy, at AbbVie, she served as Senior Legal Counsel, Pacific, Asia & Africa-Australia and then Regional Legal Counsel, Europe France for Abbott Laboratories. Earlier in her career, she spent 17 years at The Coca-Cola Company where she held several senior legal positions. She is an Australian national and holds an M.B.A., in Business Administration and Management from Deakin University, Australia and a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.)/Asian Studies from The Australian National University.
Firmenich is the world’s largest privately-owned company in the fragrance and flavor business. Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895, it has created many of the world’s best-known perfumes and flavors that billions of consumers enjoy each day. Its passion for smell and taste is at the heart of its success. It is renowned for its world-class research and creativity, as well as its thought leadership in sustainability and exceptional understanding of consumer trends. Each year, it invests 10% of its turnover in R&D, reflecting its continuous desire to understand, share and sublimate the best that nature has to offer. Firmenich had an annual turnover of 3.0 billion Swiss Francs at end June 2015.