In order to strengthen Firmenich industry leadership in ingredients and drive a new era of excellence, Firmenich appointed Boet Brinkgreve to president of ingredients, effective June 1, 2020. Brinkgreve will continue to report directly to Firmenich CEO, Gilbert Ghostine, as a member of the company’s executive committee. 

Separately, Jean-Philippe Lebudel will step into the role of chief supply chain officer, succeeding Boet Brinkgreve and reporting into Eric Nicolas, chief operating officer. Effective July 1, Gianluca Colombo will join Firmenich as chief procurement officer, to lead strategic sourcing, procurement and supplier collaboration for Firmenich worldwide, reporting to Boet Brinkgreve.

As president of ingredients, Brinkgreve will be responsible for the end-to-end management of sales, portfolio management and industrial operations, overseeing the manufacturing sites focused on building the most competitive palette for perfumery & flavors, as well as new business segments, such as health & nutrition, cosmetics and agriculture. DRT will report into Firmenich’s ingredients business with Brinkgreve responsible for leading the company’s smooth integration within the Firmenich family.

As chief supply chain officer, Lebudel will be responsible for customer supply and industrial operations for perfumery and flavors globally. His scope includes oversight of more than 30 manufacturing facilities, as well as customer care, logistics and planning. With Firmenich since 2002, Lebudel was most recently senior vice president, corporate strategy and M&A. Prior to this, he held several international roles of increasing responsibility within business development, flavors creation and technology.

Responsible for driving excellence in direct and indirect purchasing, Colombo will lead strategic sourcing, procurement and supplier collaboration for Firmenich worldwide, working closely with the ingredients business to drive a world- class ingredients portfolio. He most recently served at Coty, the global beauty company, as chief procurement officer since 2018, successfully leading its end-to-end worldwide procurement. Previously, he held roles of increasing responsibility at Ferrero, culminating in chairman of the group procurement committee and senior vice president of procurement for the Ferrero Group. A French and Italian national, Colombo graduated with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1996 from the Politecnico di Milano.