NEW YORK — Jean Amic will retire Jan. 1 as chief executive officer of Givaudan Roure, following 34 years with the fragrance and flavor supplier.
His successor as ceo will be Dr. Kuno Sommer, director of marketing for the Roche Vitamins division. Amic, who is 62, will assume the title of vice chairman. Dr. Andres Leuenberger will continue as chairman.
Meanwhile, Amic will wind down in his second role, as president of Givaudan’s worldwide fragrance business. At the end of next year, he will be succeeded in that position by Geoffrey R. Webster, who is now regional manager for North America.
Webster, 52, will relocate to the Paris headquarters, and his appointment as president of the worldwide fragrance division will be effective in January 1999.
Amic joined what was then Roure in 1964 and became president and chairman in 1979. In the early Nineties, he led the integration of the fragrance supplier Givaudan with Roure.
Webster, who has been with the company for 25 years, apparently was tapped at least in part to provide a sense of continuity for the fragrance division. He has worked for Amic for at least 19 years, 10 years in Europe and nine in the U.S.
A successor for Webster in the U.S. has not been named.

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