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IFRA Appoints Hans Holger Gliewe Chairman

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Hans Holger Gliewe has joined IFRA as its new chairman as of April 1, 2020. He will serve a two-year term and succeeds Michael Carlos.

The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) has announced the appointment of the organization’s new chairman of the board of directors: Hans Holger Gliewe.

Gliewe succeeds Michael Carlos in the role and now heads a body including representatives of the seven multinational regular members of IFRA and of the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America regions.

A German national, Gliewe has worked in the fragrance and flavor industries for 40 years. He first joined Haarmann & Reimer GmbH, which later became part of Symrise, in 1980.

After holding regional and global management positions he was made a member of Symrise’s global executive boards in 2009 as president of the flavor and nutrition division. He later became chief sustainability officer, based in São Paulo, Brazil.

He was chairman of the International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI) from 2014 to 2016 and joined the IFRA board in 2017.

Gliewe began his two-year term on April 1, 2020, chairing meetings of the board of directors and leading external representation of the association.

In other news, Maurizio Volpi of Givaudan became vice chair, while Thomas Schröder of BASF became treasurer. The other company representatives are Armand de Villoutreys (Firmenich), Thomas Dressler (Symrise), Hisaya Fujiwara (Takasago), Christophe Maubert (Robertet) and Nicolas Mirzayantz (IFF).

IFRA’s 21 National Associations are represented via the four IFRA regions: Asia-Pacific (by Takamasa Hirai, T-Hasegawa), Europe (by Philippe Massé of IFRA’s French national association, Prodarom), Latin America (by Miguel Zavala, Bell) and North America (by Andy O’Shea, Berjé).

“I am delighted to be taking on the role of IFRA Chairman,” Hans Holger Gliewe said. “I look forward to guiding and supporting our members and our dedicated team in the coming years, including on projects such as implementation of the new IFRA Standards and our forthcoming sustainability initiative.”

“Hans Holger brings great knowledge and experience to the role,” IFRA president Martina Bianchini said. “He has a tough act to follow: under Michael Carlos’ chairmanship IFRA has developed as a truly global presence with new offices in Latin America and Asia-Pacific, an established annual meeting and an enhanced safe use program, the IFRA standards. We wish Michael all the best in his retirement and look forward to his continued support as chairman emeritus.”