Firmenich (Geneva, Switzerland) has appointed Chris Millington to head Firmenich Flavors, succeeding Aldo Uva who has accepted a role outside the group. The move is effective January 15, 2015.
Millington has more than 20 years of food and beverage industry experience and previously lead the company's North American flavors division. Prior to that, he held roles with Nestle and Kraft.
“I warmly welcome Chris to my DG team as president of the flavor division,” says Gilbert Ghostine, CEO, Firmenich. “Since taking over the leadership of flavors North America, Chris has transformed our position in this critical market. He delivered industry-leading growth year on year, thanks to his close partnership with our clients as well as his focus on innovation. He is a highly accomplished leader with a strong vision for the division and track record in executing innovative business models globally.”
Ghostine continues, “Also I would like to sincerely thank Aldo Uva who served the company remarkably throughout his tenure. In particular, he positioned Firmenich as a leading partner in health and nutrition by creating an independent business unit dedicated to our taste modulation platform. Aldo instilled an innovation and performance-driven culture across the flavor division, which Chris can capitalize on and take to the next level."
“I am very excited to be heading the flavor division,” says Millington. “Building on Aldo’s strong legacy, I look forward to driving the division toward its next level of performance.”
“It was a difficult decision for me to choose to leave Firmenich," says Uva. "I had the privilege of leading an outstanding team and we achieved great momentum around our vision to not only offer outstanding taste, but to also be a leader in health and nutrition as well as sustainability. Much has been accomplished in the past six years and much more will be accomplished under the leadership of Chris, who is a leader I have always admired. I wish Gilbert, Chris and the flavor division all the best for the future."