Gilbert Ghostine

Chief Executive Officer, Firmenich


Gilbert Ghostine is the Chief Executive Officer of Firmenich, where he is leading transformative growth with a focus on delivering differentiating value creation and innovation to his customers sustainably. A big believer that “what gets measured gets done,” Gilbert set Firmenich industry-leading sustainability goals, with a vision to become carbon neutral.

Putting people first, he is committed to offering equal opportunities for his 7,200 colleagues to thrive around the world. Under his leadership Firmenich is one of only 7 companies in the world and the first in its industry to be globally certified as a gender equality employer by EDGE, the world’s leading business certification standard in this area.

Leveraging the Group’s world-class science capabilities, exemplified by its Nobel Prize, Firmenich strategically invested CHF 370m in 2018 to innovate for a better society, with a focus on Hygiene & Sanitation, Health & Nutrition and Climate Change.

Gilbert has a deep understanding of the Consumer Goods and Luxury industries, having spent over two decades with Diageo, prior to leading Firmenich. During his 21 years with the world’s leading premium spirits company, he led businesses and lived across 4 continents: Africa, Asia, the United States and Europe.

Gilbert holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph University, Lebanon and completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. A Lebanese national, he is married with two children and is fluent in three languages.

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