Dr. David K. Wilcox has been appointed as the new president of the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials, Inc. (RIFM), according to Dr. Sean G. Traynor, the chair of RIFM's Board of Directors. RIFM is an international scientific authority for the safe use of fragrance materials. Wilcox comes to RIFM from the Colgate-Palmolive Company in Piscataway, NJ where he served as VP, Product Safety, Regulatory and Quality. He succeeds Dr. Ladd W. Smith who retires at the end of May. Wilcox represented Colgate, on a global scale, to scientific experts from governments, academia, NGOs, and to legislative representatives, shareholders, media and various consumer groups. Previously, he was with The Procter & Gamble Company as a toxicologist in Regulatory and Human and Environmental Safety. Wilcox received his BS in Biology from Clarion State College in Clarion, Penn., and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Penn.
"Dr Wilcox's experience has required him to communicate complex scientific and regulatory information to business partners in a clear manner, gaining alignment with both internal and external stakeholders, enabling the development of science-based strategic plans to address safety/regulatory issues," said Dr. Traynor. "These qualities will aid him in building on the legacy of his predecessor, Dr. Smith. We are grateful to Dr. Smith for his 14 years of service to the industry. RIFM has experienced significant evolution during his tenure."