IFRA UK has announced that Nick Pickthall is to take on the role of Chairman, succeeding Jonathan Gray of fragrance, flavour and raw material supplier Mane.
Pickthall is the Chief Operating Officer of UK-headquartered fragrance house CPL Aromas. He is expected to hold IFRA UK’s Chairman position for two years. Clare Moss, Business Unit Director of Seven Scent, was elected as Vice Chairman.
Holding an honourary position at IFRA UK, Pickthall said he is “proud” to have been selected for the post. He said: “CPL Aromas has always played a very active role in the association, believing it to be a vital element of the esteem in which fragrance creation and application is held.
"My company has always been a leader in creativity. IFRA UK’s emphasis on sound science, which underpins and supports this creativity, is important to us and to the whole sector as well as our customers.”
Gray was appointed Chairman in 2013, at the same time as Stephanie Topps, Managing Director of perfume manufacturer and distributor Robertet UK, was named Vice Chairman. Gray will continue to hold a place on IFRA UK's executive committee.
Pickthall added: “I warmly pay tribute to the immediate past President, Jonathan Gray, and on behalf of all the members and the executive committee thank him for his work in leading the association.”
Pickthall joined CPL Aromas 16 years ago and has progressed to hold key management positions in the US, South America and UK. Members at IFRA’s Annual General Meeting held on 12 October ratified Pickthall’s appointment at The Royal Society in London, UK.
IFRA UK, which stands for the International Fragrance Association, is a trade organisation that aims to promote the safe enjoyment of fragrances and represent the industry at large.
The association was founded in the 1940s and today provides membership to industry companies with representation at the highest levels. It connects members to information, programmes and services that are said to give them a competitive advantage in the marketplace.