The pair joins the Swiss fragrance and flavor suppliers’ team of 12 masters, who it stated “represent the greatest heights of artistry in their field, while shaping the future of the industry.”
The two new master perfumers were nominated during a ceremony in Geneva on Monday, which highlighted Lorson’s career in fine fragrance and Richert’s in body and home-care scents.
“Through their illustrious careers, they have pioneered some for the world’s most loved fragrances, which have become timeless references for consumers worldwide,” stated Gilbert Ghostine, chief executive officer of Firmenich.
Firmenich created the title of master perfumer in 1969. “[It] recognizes the select few masters who have shaped world-renowned olfactive signatures, considered benchmarks of success and creativity in the industry,” the company explained. Another facet of a master perfumer’s job is to mentor the next generation of perfumers within the company.
Among Lorson’s blockbuster scents was Black Opium for Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. She worked for Roure and International Flavors & Fragrances prior to entering Firmenich in 2000. Lorson has conceived scents for clients such as LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, L’Oréal, Groupe Clarins, Coty Inc., Inter Parfums, Procter & Gamble and Bath & Body Works.
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Reichert is billed as figuring among Firmenich’s most successful body and home-care perfumers, particularly in the laundry softeners and air-care space, who plays a pivotal role in building long-term partnerships with customers.
Firmenich’s other master perfumers include Olivier Cresp, Johannes Feser, Didier Gaffet, Martin Koh and Alberto Morillas.
As reported, the company posted 6.3 percent growth in sales during its most recent fiscal year, which ended June 30, bolstered by strong research. In the 12-month period, Firmenich registered net revenues of 3.2 billion Swiss francs, or $3.27 billion at average exchange for the year. In local currencies, Firmenich’s sales gained 8.2 percent.