Firmenich has announced the appointment of Maurizio Clementi as ad interim president of its Taste & Beyond division, effective immediately. This move follows former president Emmanuel Butstraen’s recent appointment as chief integration officer overseeing the upcoming DSM-Firmenich merger. Clementi will remain in the role until the merger’s successful completion.
Clementi has been with Firmenich for the last 11 years. For the last several years, he has served as Firmenich’s Taste & Beyond Global Strategy SVP, where he grew Taste & Beyond’s Human Insights teams into a trusted global authority, oversaw the successful acquisition of Campus and, together with Butstraen, shaped the group’s SmartProteins meat and dairy analogs business to become an industry leader.
Before joining Firmenich, Clementi spent several years in corporate consultancy roles, specializing in M&A and more than eight years with Nissan Motor Co. as CFO for key European markets. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and commerce, as well as a Juris Doctor in law from Sapienza Università di Roma.
Firmenich CEO Gilbert Ghostine, said, “Maurizio has played an essential role in Taste & Beyond’s divisional transformation, purpose-led strategic growth and unprecedented performance. In his new role as division President, he will continue to serve our customers by harnessing Firmenich’s leading innovation, best-in-class creation and talented teams across the world.”
Clementi said, “I’m honored to take on this new role and look forward to building upon the great legacy and momentum built by Emmanuel and our teams around the world. I will continue to drive our commitment to accelerating global diet transformation by working closely with our customers to create delicious food & beverages that are better for people and planet.”