Firmenich poaches P&G’s Ilaria Resta for top job

The announcement follows Armand de Villoutreys’ retirement as President after two decades in the role

Ilaria Resta, the former VP of P&G, has been hired to head up Firmenich’s Perfumery and Ingredients business.

The announcement follows the retirement of Armand de Villoutreys after 21 years in the role.

Resta leaves behind a 22-year career with the personal care giant, and has held leadership roles across its global beauty, fabric and home care markets.

"I warmly welcome Ilaria to Firmenich's Executive Committee as President of our Perfumery business," said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO of Firmenich.

“Ilaria is an inspiring leader with a great track record of empowering people, building iconic brands and outperforming markets.

“With her deep consumer understanding and passion for fragrance and innovation, I am confident she will be a partner of choice for our customers to make their brands stronger.”

She is expected to join the firm in March and will take over as President on 1 July.

Resta said it was an honour to lead the business’ fragrance category.

“I am very pleased to join Firmenich as President of Perfumery,” she said.

“Fragrance plays a critical role in connecting people with positive experiences and memories, which has been a personal passion for me throughout my career.

“In my new role, I will focus on continuously strengthening the Group's leadership with the most loved and sustainable fragrances.

“I have the deepest respect for Armand and the Perfumery excellence he has built at Firmenich.”

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