This operational excellence is represented by the high calibre of its international Board of Directors, led by Patrick Firmenich, Chairman of the Board, as well as its Executive Team, headed by Gilbert Ghostine, CEO.
From left to right: Mr. Eric Nicolas (Group Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Vice-President Strategy and Global Services), Ms. Mieke Van de Capelle (Chief Human Resources Officer), Mr. Bhavesh Shah (Chief Purchasing Officer), Ms. Jane Sinclair (General Counsel and Secretary of the Board), Mr. Gilbert Ghostine (CEO), Pr. Geneviève Berger (Chief Research Officer), Mr. Armand de Villoutreys (President Perfumery and Ingredients), Mr. Emmanuel Butstraen (President Flavors), Mr. Boet Brinkgreve (Chief Supply Chain Officer).
Chief Executive Officer
Gilbert joined Firmenich in October 2014 as the Group’s first non-family member CEO. Building on Firmenich’s legacy of world-class research and creativity, Gilbert is firmly focused on shaping winning solutions for his customers to delight their consumers worldwide. Determined to enable more sustainable lifestyles, Gilbert places sustainability at the core of Firmenich’s strategy and acts as co-chair of the WBCSD Sustainable Lifestyles Cluster. Gilbert has a deep understanding of the Consumer Goods and Luxury industries, having spent over two decades with Diageo, leading its businesses and living across 4 continents. A Lebanese national, Gilbert is married with two children.
Pr. Geneviève Berger
Chief Research Officer
Geneviève is committed to driving Firmenich towards its next level of scientific excellence, building on the Group’s legacy of world-class research. An internationally recognized science and business leader, Geneviève is passionate about improving quality of life through science. Prior to Firmenich her experience spans Chief Research & Development Officer at Unilever, leading the CNRS (26,000 employees) and Medical Doctor and Professor at the Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière in France. She holds three doctorates in Physics, Human Biology and Medicine, and currently sits, as a non-executive director, on the Boards of Astra-Zeneca and Air Liquide.
Mr. Boet Brinkgreve
Chief Supply Chain Officer
As a seasoned global business leader, having lived and worked in three continents, Boet has a history of driving business performance to new levels through the creation of winning teams. He is responsible for driving a new era of excellence in operations, positioning Firmenich as the reliable partner of choice for all our customers, by taking our commitment to best-in-class service, safety and competitiveness to the next level. Boet has created significant value for Firmenich by reinforcing Ingredients as a strategic asset, and also driving growth in China over the past years. Prior to joining Firmenich, and after having run two start-ups, Boet worked for DuPont in several business development roles.
Mr. Armand de Villoutreys
President Perfumery & Ingredients
Armand is passionate about fragrances and constantly pushes his team to reach the greatest levels of excellence in Perfumery and Ingredients. Overseeing the Divisions’ global operations and categories covering Fine Fragrance, Body & Home Care and Ingredients, he is focused on fully harnessing the creative synergies across all segments. To win consumers hearts, and make Firmenich the reference and the preference of its customers, he focuses on excelling in creativity, while delivering breakthrough technology solutions for more sustainable lifestyles. Armand started his career in consumer goods marketing at General Foods, prior to joining Firmenich, he was a Director at Accor and held numerous positions at Steelcase Strafor in Paris and Madrid, including the posts of General Manager, Marketing Director and International Account Director.
Mr. Emmanuel Butstraen
Emmanuel is committed to strengthening Firmenich’s position as the innovation partner of choice in taste and nutrition, leading dynamic growth across the Group’s three segments: Beverages, Sweet Goods, and Savory. Shaping winning solutions for his customers with a focus on enhancing wellbeing, Emmanuel is actively putting Firmenich’s expertise to work to make healthier choices taste great, from sugar, salt and fat reduction, to green protein solutions. Prior to joining Firmenich, he was President of Solvay’s Novecare Global Business Unit, a leader in specialty technologies for broad consumer applications. He also spent 17 years with BASF, where he served as Senior Vice President Strategy for the Group’s Agricultural Products division.
Mr. Eric Nicolas
Group Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Vice-President Strategy and Global Services
In addition to overseeing best-in-class finance practices and governance, Eric is responsible for the optimization of our IS function, real estate management, organizational transformation and the design and execution of our Strategy. A champion for sustainable finance, he is a Board Member of the Livelihoods Carbon Fund, rated as “Best Corporate Offsetting Program” by the Voluntary Carbon Markets Rankings in 2016. Prior to joining Firmenich, Eric served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Group Strategy of the Renault Group in Paris, France.
Ms. Jane Sinclair
General Counsel and Secretary of the Board
Jane leads the Legal and Compliance functions across the Company’s worldwide operations with direct oversight for Commercial Legal and Intellectual Property (CL&IP); Quality, Health, Safety, Security and Environment (QHSS&E); Global Regulatory Services (GRC); and Business Ethics and Trade Compliance (BE&TC). Prior to joining Firmenich, Jane held the role of Head of International Legal and Global Privacy, at AbbVie Biopharmaceuticals. She also served as Senior Legal Counsel, Pacific, Asia & Africa (Australia) and then Regional Legal Counsel, Europe (France) for Abbott Laboratories. She spent the first 17 years of her career at The Coca-Cola Company across multiple Asia Pacific, US and Australian locations.
Mr. Bhavesh Shah
Chief Purchasing Officer
Bhavesh is responsible for the strategic leadership of sourcing, procurement and supplier collaboration for Firmenich worldwide. Bhavesh ushered in a new era of purchasing excellence through sustainable management of the Company’s sourcing activities, while playing an instrumental role in strengthening the group’s risk management, operational efficiency and innovation efforts in order to build value for both the Company and our customers. Prior to joining Firmenich, he spent 19 years with Procter & Gamble where he held several key positions in Operations, Purchasing and Executive Management.
Ms. Mieke Van de Capelle
Chief Human Resources Officer
Mieke is responsible for leading HR and Communications to strategically support Firmenich’s growth by enabling a winning culture, cutting-edge capabilities and seamless execution around the world. A seasoned HR Leader, Mieke is passionate about excellence in talent development and innovation, rooted in a deep sense of social responsibility. Prior to Firmenich, her previous positions include Chief HR Officer at Perfetti Van Melle, a global confectionary leader, as well as leading the EMEA HR organization for Electrolux Corporation. She also spent 11 years with Sara Lee Corporation, culminating with the role of Vice President Human Resources.