IFRA appointments will continue to promote safe use of fragrances

By Andrew McDougall

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The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) has announced changes to its management team that will look to build upon recent restructuring and continue to promote its safety programme.

Pierre Sivac will take over from Jean-Pierre Houri as president, whilst Michel Bongi has been appointed chairman, replacing the outgoing Demi Thoman.


“Both Jean-Pierre Houri and Demi Thoman have done a great job in promoting IFRA and its global safety programme over the past five and six years respectively. They also led the reorganisation of the association's global network creating a modern and adaptable structure,”​ IFRA director of communications, Stephen Weller told CosmeticsDesign-Europe.com.

“These two new appointments will carry on that work by consolidating the network's new structure allowing IFRA to provide resources when and where needed throughout the world,”​ he continued.

Consolidate the network and promote the brand

Houri steps down as president after five years, and is confident his successor holds the right qualities to take IFRA into the next stage of its reorganisation process, by consolidating the network and continuing to promote the IFRA brand.

“It has been a real privilege to have the opportunity to serve the fragrance industry as President of IFRA,”​ said Houri. “I feel sure that I am leaving the organization in capable hands.”

French national, Savic, who has worked for Coty, Unilever and Henkel, will start work at IFRA on the 2nd November 2010 and will officially become President on January 1st 2011.

New chairman bracing himself for ‘exciting’ phase

Bongi will takeover from Thoman as chairman of the board and having been involved with the fragrance organisation for since 2002, is relishing the opportunity to work with Savic and take the organisation into its next ‘exciting’ phase.

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to continue to serve the fragrance industry as Chairman of IFRA and would like to thank Demi for his insight and leadership over the last three years”​ said Bongi.

Having worked at Firmenich for 39 years, developing its global fragrance activities during an eight year stint as corporate vice president of perfumery, IFRA believe he is the perfect candidate to take over from Thoman.

“I am very proud to have had the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the IFRA Board. It has been a time of change and challenges for the association… I would like to congratulate Michel on his appointment and believe his experience and knowledge will prove invaluable to IFRA going forward,”​ Thoman said.

“Under the new leadership team, IFRA will look to move ahead in the future to promote the benefits of fragrances to every day well-being and explain the IFRA safety programme, which includes the IFRA Code of Practice, IFRA Standards and the annual IFRA Compliance Program, all designed to ensure the safe use of fragrances worldwide,” ​Weller concluded.

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