Firmenich: reports that chairman Vernon Sankey retired from the board of directors at the end of the company’s fiscal year on June 30. Yves Boisdron has been elected as the new chairman. He joined the Firmenich board in October of 2006 and has served as the vice chairman of the company and as the chairman of the governance and compensation committee.
During his career, Boisdron spent 26 years at leading specialty chemicals group, Rhodia (former Rhône-Poulenc). He began his career in the Brazilian offices of Rhône-Poulenc for six years and during the following four years, developed Rhône-Poulenc Inc. in the US, before repositioning the Group in specialty chemicals from 1991 to 1996. After, he spent seven years in Asia managing the development of Rhodia and in 2003, returned to Paris to execute the Rhodia turnaround. He has also held positions at Gist Brocades (acquired by DSM) and Badger Inc. He currently serves as president of the board of Group Diana, a worldwide leader in natural and functional food solutions and palatability enhancers for pet food.
Sankey joined the Firmenich board in 2006 and succeeded Jean-Marc Bruel as chairman in 2008. Among his many actions, Sankey nurtured and grew the world-class status of Firmenich and made a significant contribution to the overall governance of the group.