Ilaria Resta Appointed President, Perfumery, at Firmenich
Firmenich announced the retirement of Armand de Villoutreys as President of its Perfumery and Ingredients business after a remarkable 21 years with the company, and has appointed Ilaria Resta as President, Perfumery, and member of the company’s Executive Committee. Resta will join on March 2nd, 2020 and officially take over the leadership of Perfumery on July 1st, 2020, following a smooth handover with de Villoutreys. Having most recently served as Vice President of North America Hair Care at Procter & Gamble, Resta joins Firmenich with deep experience in the Beauty, Fabric and Home Care markets globally. She brings an outstanding track record in delivering superior growth by building iconic brands, leading disruptive business models and developing a positive culture as well as winning teams.
“I warmly welcome Ilaria to Firmenich’s Executive Committee as President of our Perfumery business,” says Gilbert Ghostine, CEO, 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,” adds Ghostine.
“I would like to sincerely thank Armand de Villoutreys who has served Firmenich remarkably over more than 21 years,” continues Ghostine. “Under his leadership, our Perfumery business deepened its strategic partnerships with our customers, while strengthening its innovation and creative signature. Loved by his teams, Armand relentlessly inspired them to win bigger for our customers. He leaves a strong and distinctive mark on the industry, as he played a leadership role in key fragrance associations, including IFRA and RIFM. I personally have the greatest respect for Armand, from whom I learned a lot over the years. I look forward to continuing our friendship in the future and wish him much fulfillment as he opens this new chapter in his life,” concludes Ghostine.