IFF appoints Chief Executive Officer and Board Director

Published: 21-Jan-2022

Frank Clyburn joins from Merck MSD, where he currently serves as Executive VP and President of Human Health

IFF has announced the appointment of Frank Clyburn as Chief Executive Officer. Clyburn will succeed Andreas Fibig as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the IFF Board of Directors, effective February 14, 2022.

Clyburn joins IFF from Merck MSD, where he currently serves as Executive VP and President of Human Health with P&L responsibility for nearly 90% of Merck’s $48 billion business. He brings extensive experience leading global businesses. Clyburn has in-depth understanding of R&D, extensive integration and M&A experience. While at Merck, he built one of the leading oncology business in the world and the largest business within Merck.

“Frank is the best executive to lead IFF into its next chapter at the pace we need. His strong operating experience plus his hands-on approach and customer-centric perspective will accelerate the execution of IFF’s strategic and operating priorities,” said Dale Morrison, IFF Director.

Ed Breen, IFF Director, added “Frank joins IFF at a time when there are significant value creation opportunities ahead of us. We are confident in his ability to unlock profitable growth, capture synergies, maximise the N&B integration and optimise IFF’s portfolio to deliver strong value for shareholders.”

“I am honoured to serve as IFF’s next CEO,” said Clyburn. “This is an iconic company and industry leader with tremendous opportunity to deliver outstanding customer experience and long-term, sustainable growth. The purpose and vision of IFF is very closely linked with accelerating global trends of nutrition, wellness and sustainability, which means that together, colleagues around the world can deliver significant value for both customers and shareholders. Working with IFF’s world-class talent, unrivalled offerings and impressive innovation platform, I am excited to bring my approach to executional excellence to capitalise on IFF’s bright future.”

“I am pleased to welcome Frank into the Chief Executive role,” said Andreas Fibig. “He joins IFF at a time when we are delivering our full year 2021 financial goals, with strong demand continuing in the first quarter. I am confident that Frank will excite and energise our teams around the world, and I wish him all the best as IFF’s next chapter unfolds under his leadership.

The company also announced its decision to separate the Chair and CEO roles. Dale Morrison, long-standing IFF Director, will assume the role of non-executive Chair of the Board of Directors.

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