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Gilbert Ghostine

Gilbert Ghostine

Chief Executive Officer - FIRMENICH



Chief Executive Officer

Gilbert Ghostine joined Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned perfume and taste company, in October 2014, as the Group’s first non-family member CEO since it was founded in 1895. Over the past seven years, the Group has grown at a CAGR of +5% (organic), made 14 strategic acquisitions, and now employs 10,000 people worldwide, generating an annual turnover of 4.3 billion Swiss Francs. Its work touches billions of people around the world every day, through their foods, beverages, home & body care products and fine fragrances. Under Gilbert’s leadership, Firmenich has grown into a recognized global leader in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance, driven by bold and measurable ambitions including carbon neutral direct operations by 2025. In 2020, Firmenich achieved 100% renewable electricity in its operations worldwide, an industry-first. Today, the Group is one of only two companies worldwide that have received a CDP triple A rating for climate, water and forests in four consecutive years. Firmenich achieved a Sustainalytics industry-leading score of 7.5 that also ranked the Group as an ESG Global Top 50 Rated company worldwide. Placing people at the heart of the Group’s success, Gilbert is committed to enabling a working environment where all his colleagues can thrive around the world. Today, Firmenich stands out with gender parity on its Executive Team, while women comprise 42% of management roles and 41% of the company’s global workforce. Gilbert is driving world-class research, creativity and winning performance for customers across the organization, while keeping the Company’s culture firmly anchored in its core values as a responsible business. Firmenich’s groundbreaking science and innovation capability is working to address some of the greatest global challenges, such as wellbeing, nutrition and harnessing digital transformation. Prior to leading Firmenich, Gilbert worked for Diageo, the world’s leading premium spirits company, for more than two decades in senior leadership roles across four continents: Africa, Asia, the United States and Europe. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph University, Lebanon and completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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