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 (Chief Operating Officer), Ms. Mieke Van de Capelle (Chief Human Resources Officer), Ms. Jane Sinclair (General Counsel and Secretary of the Board), Mr. Gilbert Ghostine (CEO), Pr. Geneviève Berger (Chief Research Officer), Ms. Ilaria Resta (President Perfumery), Mr. Emmanuel Butstraen (President Flavors), Mr. Boet Brinkgreve (President Ingredients).
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. A champion of inclusive capitalism, Gilbert is committed to creating value for people, planet and society. 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
A seasoned global business leader, Boet has an outstanding track record of driving strategic growth at Firmenich since 2007. As President of Ingredients, he is responsible for strengthening the Group’s leadership in naturals, biotech, biodegradable and renewable ingredients. Focused on driving the most competitive palette in the industry across Perfumery and Flavors, Boet leads the Group’s end-to-end Ingredients business, spanning sales, portfolio management and industrial operations, as well as new business segments, such as adhesives, cosmetics and agriculture. He is also responsible for the strategic leadership of Purchasing, overseeing global sourcing, procurement and supplier collaboration. Previously, Boet held the position of Chief Supply Chain Officer, where he successfully made operations a key differentiator for the Group. Prior to joining Firmenich, Boet worked for DuPont in several senior roles, and ran various start-ups.
Mr. Emmanuel Butstraen
Emmanuel is committed to strengthening Firmenich’s position as the global innovation partner of choice in taste and nutrition, leading growth across the Group’s three segments: Beverages, Sweet Goods, and Savory. Creating winning solutions for our customers with a focus on enhanced well being, he is putting Firmenich’s expertise to work making healthier choices taste great, from sugar, salt and fat reduction, to green protein and clean label offerings. Prior to Firmenich, Emmanuel was President of Solvay’s Novecare GBU, preceded by 17 years with BASF, where he served as Strategy SVP of the Agricultural Products division. A French national, Emmanuel graduated as an Agricultural Engineer and obtained an MBA, both from the University of Lille.
Mr. Eric Nicolas
Chief Operating Officer
Leading the transformation of the Group’s business, Eric oversees best-in-class Finance practices and Governance, as well as Corporate Strategy & M&A, Digitalization and Information Services, Business Process Excellence, Global Workplace Solutions, Indirect Purchasing and Risk Management. 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.
Ilaria was named President, Global Perfumery in March 2020, and is transforming our Fine Fragrance and Body & Home Care business. A passionate business leader with expertise in brand building, sales and P&L management, Ilaria has more than 22 years of experience with Procter & Gamble, building iconic brands such as Tide, Ariel, Fairy, Swiffer, Duracell, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences and Aussie, across Europe, Middle-East, China and North America. Ilaria was recognized as 2020 Brand Builder of the Year in the US by WWD. Highly creative, collaborative, direct and positive, Ilaria believes in the power of people and partnership to drive breakthrough business results. When not playing tennis, skiing or travelling, Ilaria enjoys spending time with her husband and two children in Geneva.
Ms. Jane Sinclair
General Counsel and Secretary of the Board
With extensive experience in emerging and mature markets – having lived and worked in Asia, Australia, USA and Europe – as well as in multiple industries, Jane is committed to building trust to last by conducting responsible business for present and future generations. In addition to being the General Counsel and Secretary to the Board, Jane leads the Legal & Compliance functions across our worldwide operations with direct oversight of Legal; Intellectual Property; Quality, Health, Safety & Environment; Regulatory; Business Ethics and Trade Compliance. Prior to joining Firmenich, Jane worked for 9 years in the pharmaceutical industry and spent the first 17 years of her career with The Coca-Cola Company.
Ms. Mieke Van de Capelle
Chief Human Resources Officer
Mieke joined Firmenich as Chief Human Resources (HR) Officer in June 2016. She is responsible for leading HR, Communications and Sustainability, setting the strategy and winning culture as the most responsible family business in the Fragrance and Flavors industry worldwide. She is passionate about excellence in talent development and innovative people practices, rooted in a deep sense of social accountability. Under her leadership, Firmenich became the 7th company in the world to be certified by EDGE for workplace gender equality and received the Ethical Corporation Award for Diversity & Inclusion. A seasoned HR leader with over 20 years of experience, Mieke has worked and lived across Europe, the US and Asia, and has held senior HR positions at Sara Lee Corporation, Perfetti Van Melle and Electrolux.