By  on November 24, 2008

Jean Maubert, former chairman and chief executive officer of fragrance supplier Robertet, died suddenly at his home in Grasse, France, Oct. 27. He was 84.

Maubert joined the firm in 1947 and was until his death president of the supervisory board of Robertet SA. He was chairman and ceo from 1961 to 1993.

His grandfather, Jean-Baptiste Maubert, was at the helm of the Grasse-based company when it was founded in 1850.

Philippe Maubert, son of Jean Maubert and Robertet’s current chairman and ceo, said, “Throughout his career he was able to anticipate the right decisions and instill in the company the innovating commercial spirit which has created such sure foundations for future development.”

Jean Maubert was named an Officer of the Légion d’Honneur by President Jacques Chirac of France in 1999, in recognition of his exemplary career in French industry, the firm noted, adding he was a leading proponent of diversification and global expansion.

“[He] was a man of vision and the highest integrity, who led Robertet from a regional, specialty essential oil company into a global leadership position,” stated Peter Lombardo, president of Robertet USA. “Until his very last moments, he had been totally immersed in the business and enriched the company through his passion and optimism. He will be sorely missed by all of us whose lives he has touched.”

In addition to Philippe Maubert, he is survived by Christophe Maubert, president of the Robertet’s fragrance division; Olivier Maubert, president of the flavor division; family members Catherine Canovas and Isabelle Maubert, and 13 grandchildren. His late wife Simone died in 2001.

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