The European Flavour Association (EFFA) general assembly has appointed Marc van der Duijs as the new EFFA president for the 2021-2023 term.
Van der Duijs is vice president, regional manager Flavours Europe at IFF and has been in the industry for over three decades.
The assembly also appointed three new board members, Karel Stoschek of Firmenich, elected as EFFA vice president, Arjan Stam of Givaudan and Walter Ribeiro of Symrise. Jean Mane, representing the French Flavour Association SNIAA, was also elected as EFFA treasurer.
Van der Duijs will take over the role from Antoine Kastler of Robertet, who held the EFFA presidency for four years and brought the association to the next level with his passion and warmth.
Upon handing over his role today, Kastler thanked his predecessor, Jean Robello of Firmenich, and the whole team, "I would like to thank the EFFA membership, the EFFA staff and the EFFA board for their trust, dynamism and enthusiasm; that is what makes the future bright."
Kastler continued, “I look forward to continuing to serve the EFFA Board as past president and as the board liaison of the EFFA communications committee. We have a big event coming up in November, the European Virtual FlavourDay, where we will give the attendees a taste of what the flavor industry does best: to share the passion for food.”
Van der Duijs commented, "I am very excited to take on this role and look forward to working with the past president, Mr. Antoine Kastler, for continuity, and with the vice president, Mr. Karel Stoschek, looking together towards the future of the association. The passion for flavors unites us all, and I look forward to serving the industry in this position.”
Alexander Mohr, EFFA Executive Director, said, “Only change is constant. The whole world has experienced this in the past few months. As EFFA, we had to adapt and reshape our working procedures. Now, we open a new chapter and welcome three new board members. I would like to thank Mr. Dirk Bennwitz from Symrise who is now retiring for his service to the association, and our outgoing president, Antoine, for the excellent collaboration we had over these past four years. I look forward to working closely with Marc and our new board.”