AkzoNobel has announced this morning that CEO Ton Buchner is stepping down ‘with immediate effect due to health reasons’. The company has appointed Thierry Vanlancker as his replacement.

Firmenich has appointed Julien Firmenich as Vice President, Sales, Ingredients.

Benefit is set to up its presence in the travel retail channel, according to a report published by The Moodie Davitt Report. To that end, the LVMH-owned brand has made a series of appointments including a new Worldwide Executive Vice President of Travel Retail to drive Benefit’s expansion in duty free, which has been identified as a ‘key’ channel for the brand’s future growth.

Procter & Gamble has named Javier Polit as its new CIO, effective immediately, according to a report published by CIO.com.

Revlon has announced the appointment of Christopher Peterson to the new role of Chief Operating Officer, Operations, effective immediately.

Former Vice President and GM of baby care at Procter & Gamble, Larry P Allgaier has been named Group President for Kimberly-Clark’s North American Consumer unit, effective April 24.

Unilever is cutting back on senior marketing personnel, axing the Chief Marketing Officer role in local markets, according to a report published by Ad News, in favour of global marketing chiefs for each of its three business units.

Coty has announced that Esi Eggleston Bracey has given notice of her intention to leave her position of President, Coty Consumer Beauty ‘for personal reasons’. Bracey will remain at Coty for a transition period until the end of the month.

Givaudan has appointed Calice Becker Director of its Perfumery School, which celebrated its 70th anniversary last year.

Evonik Chairman Klaus Engel is to step down early, according to a statement released by the company this week. He will be replaced by current Chief Strategic Officer and Deputy Chairman Christian Kullmann in May.

The Managing Director of Unilever Ghana, Maidie Arkutu has been promoted to Vice President of Francophone Africa for the Anglo-Dutch FMCG group.

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