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IFF adds new board member as two depart



Fragrance and flavor giant IFF announced on Monday the appointment of Kevin O’Byrne to its board of directors, effective March 10, to support the ongoing execution of the company’s strategic transformation and long-term financial vision.


O’Byrne is a financial executive with decades of experience driving sustainable growth and overseeing transformation strategies for international consumer retail businesses. He is currently chief financial officer and director of J Sainsbury Plc, where he is responsible for the finance, strategy, property, procurement and investor relations functions at the company, which is the second largest retailer in the United Kingdom.

He will be retiring from Sainsbury’s on March 4. Prior to joining J Sainsbury, he served as chief executive officer of Poundland Group Plc and held various leadership positions at Kingfisher Plc, including Divisional Director UK, China and Turkey, as well as Chief Executive Officer of B&Q UK & Ireland and group finance director.

O’Byrne will also serve on the board’s audit, innovation, and transaction committees.

​IFF also announced that Edward Breen and Matthias Heinzel, both of whom have served as directors and members of the board’s innovation committee since 2021, have notified IFF of their respective decisions to retire from the board. 

“On behalf of the entire Board, I would like to thank Ed, Stephen and Matthias for their many contributions to IFF,” said Dale Morrison, chair of the IFF board.

“As directors, each has helped oversee the development of IFF’s refreshed growth strategy as we’ve become an even stronger partner for customers across the global value chain for consumer goods and commercial products. It has been an honor to work alongside these three leaders and I wish them all the best in their next chapters.”

The new comes two months after the U.S.-based company named Sabrya Meflah president of its fine fragrance business unit. 

​In her new role, Meflah will oversee strategy and growth of IFF’s fine fragrance business unit, according to the New York-headquartered firm.


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