Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors

The Board’s principal mission is to oversee the company, which includes ensuring the good performance of the Group, defining the dsm-firmenich strategy, overseeing risk control and legal compliance, and supervising the management and maintenance of our core values.

THOMAS LEYSEN

Chair of the Board​​

Nationality: Belgian

Last executive position held: CEO of Umicore

Supervisory directorships / other positions:

  • Non-Executive Chair of the Supervisory Board of Umicore
  • Chair of the Board of Directors of Mediahuis
  • Chair of the King Baudouin Foundation US
  • Chair of the Flemish Heritage Council
  • Chair, Board of Trustees of the Mayer van den Bergh Museum

PATRICK FIRMENICH

Vice-Chair of the Board​​

Nationality: Swiss

Last executive position held: CEO of Firmenich

Supervisory directorships / other positions:

  • Board Member of UBS Group SA
  • Board Member of Jacobs Holding AG
  • Board Member of INSEAD
  • Board Member of INSEAD World Foundation
  • Member of the Swiss Board Institute Advisory Council

ANDRÉ POMETTA

Member of the Compensation Committee
 

Nationality: Swiss

Last executive position held: President of Firmenich China

Supervisory directorships / other positions:

  • Board Member of Waterloo Solutions AG
  • Board Member of White Lobster SA
  • Board Member of Noyb SA

DR. ANTOINE FIRMENICH

Chair of the Sustainability Committee and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Nationality: Swiss

Last executive position held: Head of Sweet Goods Global Business Unit at Firmenich

Supervisory directorships / other positions:

  • Board Member of Aquilus Management Ltd
  • Board Member of Alatus Capital
  • CEO & Managing Director of Aquilus Pte Ltd
  • Member of Stanford Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Council
  • Managing Director of MAC3

CARLA MAHIEU

Chair of the Compensation Committee and Member of the Nomination and Governance Committee

Nationality: Dutch

Last executive position held: Global Head of Human Resources and Member of the Management Board of Aegon N.V.

Supervisory directorships / other positions:

  • Non-Executive Member of the Board of VodafoneZiggo Group B.V. Netherlands
  • Non-Executive Member of the Board of Arcadis
  • Board member of the Priority Foundation of Arcadis
  • Member of the Board of Stichting Continuiteit PostNL

CORIEN M. WORTMANN-KOOL

Member of the Sustainability Committee and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Nationality: Dutch

Last executive position held: Chair of the Board of ABP Pension Fund

Supervisory directorships / other positions:

  • Chair of the Supervisory Board of Netspar 
  • Member of Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen 
  • Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of Aegon N.V.
  • Advisory Board Member of the Impact Economy Foundation
  • Member of the Capital Markets Advisory Board of the Dutch Financial Markets Authority

ERICA MANN

Member of the Sustainability Committee
 

Nationality: Australian

Last executive position held: Member of the Board of Management of the Bayer Group and Global President of Bayer's Consumer Health Division

Supervisory directorships / other positions:

  • Non-Executive Member of the Board of Perrigo
  • Non-Executive Member of the Board of the Kellogg Company

FRITS VAN PAASSCHEN

Member of the Compensation Committee and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Nationality: Dutch and American

Last executive position held: CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Supervisory directorships / other positions:

  • Non-Executive Board Member of Williams'Sonoma
  • Non-Executive Member of the Board of Sonder
  • Non-Executive Member of Amadeus IT Group
  • Non-Executive Member of the Board of citizenM Hotels
  • Non-Executive Member of the Board of J.Crew Group
  • Advisor to TPG and to Russell Reynolds
  • CEO and Founder of The Disruptors' Feast Advisory

JOHN RAMSAY

Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

Nationality: British

Last executive position held: CFO and Interim CEO of Syngenta AG

Supervisory directorships / other positions:

  • Non-Executive Director of RHI Magnesita N.V.
  • Non-Executive Director of Croda International PLC
  • Non-Executive Director of Babcock International PLC

PRADEEP PANT

Member of the Nomination and Governance Committee

Nationality: Singaporean

Last executive position held: EVP and President APAC and EMEA of Mondelez International

Supervisory directorships / other positions:

  • Non-Executive Director of Max India Ltd, MAX Life Insurance Co. Ltd, and Antara Senior Living Ltd
  • Non-Executive Director of NIVA BUPA Health Insurance Co. Ltd
  • Chair of the Board of Nurasa Holding Pte Ltd and Nurasa Pte Ltd
  • President of Pant Consulting Pte Ltd
  • Dean’s Fellow of LKC School of Business at Singapore Management University 

RICHARD RIDINGER

Member of the Nomination and Governance Committee

Nationality: German

Last executive position held: CEO of Lonza

Supervisory directorships / other positions:

  • Chair of the Board of Recipharm AB
  • Member of the Advisory Group of NOVO Holding
  • Chair, Member of the Supervisory Board of Brenntag SE

DR. SZE COTTE-TAN

Member of the Sustainability Committee

Nationality: Singaporean

Last executive position held: EVP and CTO at CJ CheilJedang

Supervisory directorships / other positions:

  • Adjunct Professor at Singapore Institute of Technology
  • Independent industry expert to the VisVires New Protein (VVNP) venture capital Investment Committee
  • Executive Director, Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology, A*STAR Research Entities
  • Chair (Non-Executive) of Foodplant, a subsidy of the Singapore Institute of Technology

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