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Firmenich Names New Fine-Fragrance Chief

Jerry Vittoria has been appointed to the role with a global purview, succeeding Oliver de Lisle.

PARIS — Firmenich has named Jerry Vittoria as head of fine fragrances worldwide.

The executive succeeds Oliver de Lisle, who is retiring immediately, in the role.

Vittoria, who most recently served as president, fine fragrance, North America at Firmenich, has been working closely with de Lisle, according to the Swiss fragrance and flavors supplier in a statement on Wednesday.

“Jerry Vittoria brings extensive industry experience and a broad international outlook to his new role,” the company stated.

He began his job overseeing fine fragrances in North America in 2010, having moved to the U.S. in 2001 to take up a position with the company there. Prior to that, Vittoria was general manager for fragrances in the U.K., after having joined Firmenich as an account director in London in 1990.

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The executive chairs the board of the North American Fragrance Foundation and the industry advisory board of the FIT Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management Master’s Program. Vittoria serves, as well, as an associate board member of the Personal Care Products Council.

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De Lisle, who worked at Firmenich for seven years, started as head of fine fragrances worldwide in 2013.

“In this capacity, he oversaw Firmenich’s positioning as the global market leader in fine fragrances through organic growth for the past two consecutive years,” the company said. “He joined Firmenich’s perfumery business in 2010 and served as head of perfumery supply chain from 2011 to 2013, where he set the vision for the group’s new era of operations.”

As reported, in mid-February, Firmenich announced another executive change. The supplier said Armand de Villoutreys, president of perfumery since 2010, will be expanding his role to president of ingredients, effective July 1. It’s a move to strengthen the synergies between the company’s perfumery and ingredients divisions as part of Firmenich’s mission to build up its natural ingredients activity.