has been elected as the new Chairman of Firmenich's Board of Directors as of July 1, 2013. Boisdron joined the Firmenich Board in October of 2006 and has served as the vice chairman, as well as the chairman of the governance & compensation Committee.
After five years in office, Firmenich Chairman Vernon Sankey
decided to retire. Sankey had joined the Firmenich Board in 2006 and succeeded Jean-Marc Bruel as chairman in 2008.
Boisdron brings a comprehensive experience from his many years in the Chemical industry, as well as a broad knowledge of emerging markets. He is a French national and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques in Nancy, and a Master of Sciences. He also has another degree in Business Management from the University of Texas at Austin, in the United States.
Boisdron spent 26 years at leading specialty chemicals group, Rhodia (former Rhone-Poulenc), a world leader in the development and production of chemicals.
He began his career in the Brazilian offices of Rhone-Poulenc for six years and during the following four years, developed Rhone-Poulenc Inc. in the United States, before repositioning the Group in specialty chemicals from 1991 to 1996.
After, he spent seven years in Asia managing the development of Rhodia and in 2003, returned to Paris to execute the Rhodia turnaround. He has also held positions at Gist Brocades (acquired by DSM) and Badger Inc. He currently serves as President of the Board of Group DIANA, a worldwide leader in natural and functional Food solutions and palatability enhancers for Pet Food