Douglas Tough will take on the role of IFF (New York) chairman and CEO on March 1. Tough has been acting as non-executive chairman since the end of September 2009 and joined the board of IFF in 2008. He previously held positions with Cadbury Schweppes and most recently acted as CEO of Ansell Ltd.
Of the announcement, Tough said, "As I begin my journey as chairman and chief executive officer of International Flavors & Fragrances, I am excited to lead our organization into the next decade and leverage the enormous opportunities that exist for such a dynamic company. Throughout its long history, IFF's strong credentials across a range of critical factors have provided the company with a winning heritage. Going forward, I will look to work with the talented team to create an even brighter future for IFF and all its constituents. I am extremely grateful to the senior leadership team as well as all our employees for their focus during the recent transition period. In a challenging economic environment, they were able to make fundamental enhancements that drove improved performance over the second half of 2009. I am also grateful to my colleagues on the IFF board for their support and counsel. I look forward to leading this outstanding team through the next phase of IFF's growth."