The Last Word: David Wilcox, RIFM

"Each of RIFM's scientific disciplines -- human health, environmental and respiratory -- has shown outstanding innovation in developing alternative methods for assessing the safe use of fragrance ingredients. The science to support the safety and regulatory needs of the fragrance industry is often very complex and science is never static."

David Wilcox has been named the new president of the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials, Inc. (RIFM; Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey). He previously served as vice president, product safety, regulatory and quality at Colgate-Palmolive. He succeeds Ladd Smith, PhD, who retired at the end of May.

Of the announcement, Sean Traynor, chairman of RIFM’s board of directors, said, “Wilcox’s experience has required him to communicate complex scientific and regulatory information to business partners in a clear manner, gaining alignment with both internal and external stakeholders, enabling the development of science-based strategic plans to address safety/regulatory issues. These qualities will aid him in building on the legacy of his predecessor, Ladd Smith. We are grateful to him for his 14 years of service to the industry. RIFM has experienced significant evolution during his tenure.”

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