Arnaud Bellon steps into the newly created position of senior vice president and global head, botanicals and colors. He was previously at chemical company Croda, and holds post-graduate degrees in biology, biochemistry, and pharmacology of skin aging. Caroline Baptiste, whose expertise is analytical chemistry, joins as global product manager, actives. She previously served as research and development project manager, cosmetic actives, at Yves Rocher.
Both new hires will be based in Symrise’s Paris office in the cosmetic ingredients division, which is part of the firm’s scent and care unit.
“This will strengthen our strategic focus and further develop our position in the market,” commented Eder Ramos, global president of the division, in reference to the hires.
In September, Symrise opened an expanded production plant for cosmetic ingredients at its headquarters in Holzminden, Germany. The 15 million euro facility ($16.3 million at current exchange) provided a significant boost to the company’s production capacities.
According to its most recent financial figures, in the first nine months of 2015, Symrise’s net income gained 13 percent to 199.3 million euros, or $222.2 million.
The company will release its annual report on March 8.