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Dr. Bruno Storp, the former chief executive officer of Drom Fragrances, died of pneumonia March 30 at the Harlaching Hospital in Munich, Germany. He was 82.
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Storp took over Drom Fragrances from his father in 1946, at the age of 19, representing the second generation to run the family-owned fragrance supplier. He is credited with transforming Drom from a local player to one of the world’s leading fragrance houses, which remains one of the few wholly independent family-owned companies, the firm noted. Under his guidance, Storp expanded the company’s international presence, founding subsidiaries in the U.S., Japan and Australia.
“For over 60 years, our father stood for Drom’s uniqueness in the fragrance industry,” said his son Dr. Ferdinand Storp, managing director of Drom Fragrances. “He was a traditionalist who stood with both feet firmly on the ground. At the same time he always welcomed new ideas, seeking out innovative solutions in all areas. We will miss his straightforward nature, his generosity and his open, cordial approach.”
Storp turned the business over to Ferdinand in 1995, after more than 50 years of leadership. His other son, Andreas, joined the business in 2002.
Aside from his two sons, Storp is survived by daughters Monika Benecke, Susanne Dosch and Franziska Storp; a sister, Muzz Golden, and 11 grandchildren.
Services were held on Tuesday at the cemetery Waldfriedhof in Munich-Solln, Germany, at 11 a.m.