Firmenich's global president perfumery Ilaria Resta receives 2022 CEW Achiever Award from Cosmetic Executive Women organization; award recognizes accomplishments in the beauty industry, including Resta's vision for fragrance as a tool for wellbeing

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GENEVA , June 8, 2022 (press release) –


Ilaria Resta honored with 2022 Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Achiever Award

Ilaria Resta, Global President Perfumery at Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned fragrance and taste company, has been chosen to receive a 2022 CEW Achiever Award by the professional organisation, Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW). CEW, which comprises 10,500 members from 3,500 companies in the beauty industry globally, gives the prestigious award each year to celebrate the most accomplished women in the sector.

Ilaria Resta is the first and only woman to serve as a Global President among the major fragrance houses, having been named to the role in March 2020. An active member of Firmenich’s Executive Team, she has driven an important transformation agenda in the Perfumery business. Her new vision, “Positive Perfumery”, is about turning fragrances into a positive force for consumers’ wellbeing and the health of the planet. She made diversity and women’s leadership one of her key priorities. Firmenich is the 7th company in the world, the first in the Fragrance industry, to be globally certified as a gender equal employer by EDGE, the world’s leading business certification standard for gender equality in the workplace.

Gilbert Ghostine, CEO, Firmenich, said: “I am beyond thrilled that Ilaria has received such a prestigious award. She accomplishes dynamic results through her clear strategic vision, deep retailer understanding and inspirational organizational leadership. A true pioneer, she is an ardent defender of the coaching and promotion of women in business, a cause that is particularly close to her heart. Ilaria has been a driving force behind the great steps Firmenich has taken to ensure its workplace allows women to nurture and reach their full potential, and she personally makes diversity and belonging a priority.”

Ilaria has instigated several strategies to ensure women can access leadership roles:

Recently hired several new talented women in her leadership team, including Robin Mason, Vice President Fine Fragrance North America; Patricia Nogueira, Vice President Fine Fragrance Latin America; Levenza Toh, Vice President, Perfumery, Southeast Asia, Japan & Korea.

Created a formal mentoring program where she personally supports the young talents in the Group.

Sponsored a Wellbeing program for employees and personally shared her stories of coping with mental wellbeing.

A passionate business leader with expertise in brand building, sales, and P&L management, Ilaria had previously acquired more than 22 years of experience with Procter & Gamble. She built iconic brands such as Tide, Ariel, Fairy, Swiffer, Duracell, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences and Aussie, in global roles as well as leading regional business in Europe, and North America. She has a track record helping business transform crisis into strong success, renewing P&G’s European Hair Care business and, prior to that, restructuring the Duracell business ahead of a successful divestiture. As Senior Vice President, Hair Care, North America at P&G, Ilaria delivered outstanding business results, growing market share and profitability. Ilaria was recognized as 2019 Brand Builder of the Year in the U.S. by WWD, the leading fashion trade journal.

Ilaria Resta commented: “I am honored to receive this award in recognition of my career achievements and my impact on talent development. I have huge respect for CEW, an organization devoted to removing the barriers to women’s progression and ensuring equal opportunity. I am humbled to join so many inspiring, successful women who won this award before me and I want to congratulate the talented women awarded alongside me this year. I am proud to work at Firmenich with an accomplished team of creatives, scientists, business leaders around the world and I am excited about the journey ahead. We are transforming the future of Perfumery, creating a new product portfolio focused on health, well-being and sustainability, built on foundations of creativity, innovation, data and technology. I want to help create a new eco-system, which includes our strategic partners and suppliers, and together produce a bigger impact on equality and inclusivity.”

The award will be given at the 2022 Live Women’s Leadership Awards Luncheon, a ceremony held by CEW in New York City on June 2nd, 2022.

About Firmenich

Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned fragrance and taste company, was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895, and has been family-owned for 126 years. Firmenich is a leading business-to-business company specialized in the research, creation, manufacture and sale of perfumes, flavors, and ingredients. Renowned for its world-class research and creativity, as well as its leadership in sustainability, Firmenich offers its customers superior innovation in formulation, a broad and high-quality palette of ingredients, and proprietary technologies including biotechnology, encapsulation, olfactory science, and taste modulation. Firmenich had an annual turnover of 4.3 billion Swiss Francs at end June 2021. More information about Firmenich is available at 

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