Press release

Emmanuel Butstraen appointed as President of Perfumery & Beauty at dsm-firmenich

Kaiseraugst, Switzerland, and Heerlen, the Netherlands, May 22, 2023

dsm-firmenich is pleased to announce the appointment of Emmanuel Butstraen as the new President of its Perfumery & Beauty business. Emmanuel, will assume this role as of July 1, 2023 following a comprehensive handover from Ilaria Resta, while retaining his Chief Integration Officer role.

Since May 2022, Emmanuel has been playing an instrumental role in successfully driving the merger of dsm-firmenich, and owing to his efforts, all integration planning activities have been set up to be executed across the organization. Supported by a senior team in the company’s Integration Management Office, Emmanuel will continue overseeing the integration while taking on the global leadership role of Perfumery & Beauty.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Integration Officer, Emmanuel served as the President of Taste & Beyond at Firmenich since 2018. Under his leadership, the business underwent a transformative journey, becoming a global innovation partner of choice. He also brings extensive experience in the personal care sector, having previously served as the President of Solvay's Novecare global business unit. Before that, he spent 17 years at BASF, where he held the position of Strategy Senior Vice President of the Agricultural Products division. Emmanuel holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering and an MBA from the University of Lille, France.

With Emmanuel assuming this new role, dsm-firmenich will bid farewell to Ilaria Resta, who will be leaving the company on July 1, to pursue a CEO position at a prestigious watchmaker company. An extensive handover process has commenced, and the company expresses gratitude for her contributions and wishes her success. 

Geraldine Matchett and Dimitri de Vreeze, Co-CEOs of dsm-firmenich, commented: “We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Emmanuel Butstraen as the President of our Perfumery & Beauty business. His profound understanding of our customer base and exceptional leadership skills have consistently yielded remarkable results. With a deep understanding of consumers and a passion for fragrance, personal care and innovation, Emmanuel is set to further strengthen dsm-firmenich as the partner of choice for our customers, empowering them to enhance and strengthen their brands.”

In his new role as President of Perfumery & Beauty, Emmanuel will report to Co-CEO Dimitri de Vreeze.

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