Gambade, a French national, holds a degree in chemistry from ITECH, Lyon/F. He started his career in sales & marketing and soon acquired experience in the cosmetics industry. Gambade worked for Ciba Specialty Chemicals, among other as North American sales head and business responsible for the cosmetics branch. Later, he was global business director at Huntsman where he built a new segment organization. In 2009, he joined Royal DSM as business director Europe and global market in the business unit composite resins. 2011 he was appointed to head that business unit.