By  on June 4, 2009

BERLIN - Heinz-Jürgen Bertram has been named chief executive officer at fragrance and flavors manufacturer Symrise, effective July 1.

The 50-year-old executive, head of Symrise’s flavor and nutrition division, will succeed Gerold Linzbach, who steps down after four years leading the Holzminden, Germany-based firm. Symrise said Linzbach’s contract ends in October, and was not extended by mutual consent.

Bertram has a doctorate in chemistry, and joined Haarmann & Reimer GmbH in 1990: The firm became part of the Symrise Group in 2003. He has been a member of the company’s executive board since October 2006.

Last month, Symrise posted a 16 percent drop in first-quarter net income due to increased raw material prices, weak sales development and restructuring costs.

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