Firmenich to Consolidate With Focus on ‘Synergy’
NEW YORK — Firmenich is consolidating its fine fragrance and home and body care divisions in its North American offices, hoping to maximize cross-functional synergies and keep up with a dynamic, evolving market.

The new chief will be Jerry Vittoria in the post of president of Fragrances North America. He is currently vice president and general manager of Body & Home Care North America.

Armand de Villou­treys, president of Fine Fragrances Worldwide, noted in a statement, “I am pleased to see Jerry add Fine Fra­grance North America to his responsibilities. He has all the skills to foster our creativity, reinforce our client partnerships and build more synergies with our Body Care segments.” The changes will go into effect June 1.

As a result of the reorganization, Daniel Rachmanis, who has been with Firmenich for three years, has resigned as president of Fine Fragrance, North America.

“We sincerely regret Daniel’s departure because he has made a great contribution,” said Michel Bongi, corporate vice president of the Perfumery Division, in a statement.

“He has been offered a senior position in our global headquarters, but his current family commitments make it impossible for him to relocate.”

Under Rachmanis’ leadership, the company strengthened the growth of its perfumery talent and consolidated leadership positions at key strategic clients, according to Firmenich.

“I feel proud to have worked with this amazing team and to have helped pave the way for the next generation,” stated Rachmanis, who will assist Vittoria with the transition.

Vittoria has held various leadership positions at Firmenich over the past 15 years, according to the company. He has also played an important role in the growth of the North American Body & Home Care business. “I am excited by the challenge to work with our Fine Fragrance clients and our outstanding New York City team, which has been a desire of mine for many years,” said Vittoria.
Michelle Edgar

Tunstall Sings Origins’ Tune
NEW YORK — Origins Natural Re­sources has teamed up with rock singer KT Tunstall, who has hit platinum five times in the U.K. — and gold in the U.S. — with her debut Virgin Records album “Eye to the Telescope.”

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In a relationship that Origins, a division of the Estée Lauder Cos., expects to last several months at the least, Tunstall will perform at Origins retail stores in cities where the songstress’ tour takes her. She’ll also do personal appearances for Origins, kicking off that schedule on June 9 at Macy’s Herald Square.

“Even though she’s a rising star, she’s down to earth, warm and real,” said Daria Myers, president of Origins. “That is what we feel we are,” she said of the Origins brand.

As part of the union, Origins will carry “Eye to the Telescope” (2006) in its retail stores, of which there are 125 in the U.S. There will be an Origins promotional card in the CD, a move designed to widen awareness of Origins through record store sales of the album.

“Music fans are increasingly discovering and relating to artists through non-traditional channels, and this partnership creates powerful opportunities for them to experience KT’s artistry,” Jeff Kempler, executive vice president at Virgin Records, said in a statement.

Proceeds from the relationship will benefit Project Sunshine, an organization that provides free social, educational and recreational programs to children affected by serious medical problems, according to Myers.

“I’m so glad to be able to work alongside Origins,” Tunstall said in the statement. “It’s inspiring to be involved with a company dedicated to well-being whilst working in complete harmony with the environment. And their stuff rocks.”
Matthew W. Evans