Category Archives: Honorees and Award Recipients

WFFC Announces 2018 Gala Honoree: Suzanne McCormick, Method

Glen Rock, NJ – Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce, Inc. is pleased to announce that Suzanne McCormick, Senior Director of Fragrance, method products, will be honored at the 36th WFFC Annual Gala on October 18, 2018, at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

Suzanne McCormick, 2018 Annual Gala Honoree

For more than 25 years Suzanne has played roles ranging from sales to development in the fragrance industry.

She was hired by Firmenich in 1992. After completing their training course, she was sent into the field as a salesperson in Personal Care covering the Midwest and West Coast. In 1997 she transitioned to their Fine Fragrance team in NY.

Olfactive training was an ongoing priority at Firmenich, ranging from attending courses at ISIPCA to weekly classes conducted by perfumers. This continuous training prepared Suzanne to transition to the development side of the business.

Suzanne joined method products in 2006 and has led the fragrance pillar for the brand since then. She has enjoyed working across their broad portfolio made up of personal care, home care, fabric care and baby + kids lines. She is a proud member of the Formulation + Fragrance team (Formulance) which is made up of 90% women. One of the most rewarding parts of her role at method products is mentoring and collaborating with her fragrance colleagues.

For more information please visit our website www.wffc.org or contact us at info@wffc.org

About the WFFC

The WFFC, Inc. was founded in 1982 by women employed in various capacities in the U.S. flavor and fragrance industry. This organization was borne out of a recognized need for a networking, education and support system for women in our industry. Our mission has been and remains to this day to provide a center of education, camaraderie, support and networking opportunities for women in our industry. Our membership encompasses women involved in sales, purchasing, customer service as well as technical careers.

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WFFC Announces 2018 Annual Recognition Award Recipients

Glen Rock, NJ – The WFFC is pleased to announce the 2018 Annual Recognition Award recipients. They are Celine Roche, Givaudan (Nancy Poulos Leadership Award), Kathi Sparks, ADM Nutrition (Flavorist Recognition Award), Susan Arslaner, Symrise Inc. (Perfumer Recognition Award) and Linda Lakind, Firmenich (Innovative Excellence Award).

The award recipients will be honored at the WFFC Annual Recognition Dinner on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Celine Roche

Celine Roche, senior marketing account manager, Givaudan, will be receiving the Nancy Poulos Leadership Award. Celine is an executive and client advocate with 19 years of experience in the flavor and fragrance industry. She began in Southern France working for Calchauvet (now Firmenich), where she specialized in natural ingredients and collaborated on fine fragrance development with renown perfumers. Her lifelong affinity for the US then led her to the West Coast and on to NYC, where she settled for 17 years. She worked for Mane as vice president specialty ingredients and fine fragrance account executive and now as senior marketing account manager for Givaudan. To further her commitment to the fragrance community, she joined the WFFC in 2002, and presided over the organization from 2012 to 2014, creating innovative educational events and gatherings to empower women. Celine studied international trade at the Institut Superieur Marseille Cadenelle in France and contemporary business methods at San Diego State University.

Kathi Sparks

Kathi Sparks, Chief Flavorist, ADM Nutrition, will receive the Flavorist Recognition Award. Sparks has 24 years of flavor industry experience. In her current role of chief flavorist, at ADM Nutrition, she enjoys mentoring her team through professional development, flavor creation collaboration and project management while continuing to develop across categories in sweet, beverage and savory. She began her career at Wild Flavors, encompassing various roles including quality assurance and food applications, before obtaining a position in savory flavor creation. She began her flavor training in the savory lab focusing on vegetarian reaction flavors and flavor top-notes. Kathi achieved membership in the Society of Flavor Chemists in 2004. To expand her knowledge, she began creating for beverage applications in 2007, focusing on indulgent sweet and fruit flavor creation. Kathi is an active member of the Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce (WFFC), as well as the Society of Flavor Chemist (SFC) membership committee.

Susan Arslaner

Susan Arslaner, senior technical perfumer, Symrise Inc. will receive the Perfumer Recognition Award. Susan’s quiet entry into the fragrance industry began in 1983, as a perfumery lab technician in the Ramsey, NJ offices of PPF, Ltd. a British fragrance house. Prior to that Susan had graduated from Montclair State University with a B.S. degree in biology. Susan spent the next 13 years as a lab technician in the perfumery and application departments of both Bush, Boake, Allen and Dragoco. In 1996 she was promoted to perfumery specialist and began training as a technical perfumer. Over the next 22 years, Susan progressed to her current position as Symrise North America’s senior technical perfumer.

Linda Lakind

In 2016, the WFFC Board created the “Innovative Excellence Award,” honoring an individual who offers novel contributions to the industry, and acts as a role model for guiding change and innovations. This year’s Innovative Excellence Award recipient will be Linda Lakind. Linda is the flavors marketing director for North America at Firmenich. For more than 25 years Linda has been monitoring and forecasting consumer, market and flavor trends, sharing these observations with innovative new product concepts to a wide range of food and beverage customers. She is passionate about providing companies with insights to create great tasting products for their consumers around the globe. She has an M.S. in public relations, and a B.A. in psychology, both from Boston University.

Registration is now open for the June Recognition awards.

For more information please visit our website www.wffc.org or contact us at info@wffc.org

About the WFFC

The WFFC, Inc. was founded in 1982 by women employed in various capacities in the U.S. flavor and fragrance industry. This organization was borne out of a recognized need for a networking, education and support system for women in our industry. Our mission has been and remains to this day to provide a center of education, camaraderie, support and networking opportunities for women in our industry. Our membership encompasses women involved in sales, purchasing, customer service as well as technical careers.

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WFFC Announces 2017 Gala Honoree: Catalina Lee, Colgate-Palmolive

Glen Rock, NJ – Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce, Inc. is pleased to announce that Catalina Lee, Worldwide Director, Colgate-Palmolive, will be honored at the 35th WFFC Annual Gala on October 12, 2017, at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

Ms. Catalina Lee is a Worldwide Director of the Colgate-Palmolive Company, providing global leadership to the team responsible for developing world-class flavors that ensure the best tasting oral care products. Her team supports Colgate’s Global Research & Development organization by developing and recommending flavors for all Oral Care Colgate toothpaste and mouthwash brands.  Ms. Lee’s guidance and input to her teams have contributed to the launch of many successful toothpaste and mouthwash products. As the Flavor group leader, Ms. Lee has established strong partnerships with the Marketing and Product Development teams, facilitating a better understanding of the role of flavors in Colgate products.

Ms. Lee joined Colgate in 2015 and brought with her over 25 years of experience in the flavor industry, most recently with Firmenich. Since 2011, she worked as a Senior Flavorist for North America and Latin America Oral Care at the Firmenich U.S. affiliate in Plainsboro, NJ, where she strengthened her expertise in mint flavors and sensates for toothpaste and mouthwash applications and was the lead Flavorist providing flavor-creation support to Colgate.

In 2000, Ms. Lee joined Firmenich in Mexico City and was responsible for the development of sweet goods flavors for the Latin America region.  After two years, she moved to their headquarters in Geneva, where she led the development of flavors for confectionary applications. She later managed the European Flavorist team as Senior Flavorist.

While in Europe, from 2010 to 2011, Mrs. Lee joined Givaudan in Switzerland were she developed flavors for the European region in the sweet goods area.

After studying food engineering at La Salle University in Medellin, Colombia, Ms. Lee gained knowledge as a Flavorist at Lucta, a Spanish flavors and fragrance company. From 1990 to 1999 she worked in their Colombian affiliate where she successfully completed the flavorist training and created flavors for sweet goods, beverage and savory applications.

Ms. Lee brings tremendous passion and dedication to her work while effectively adapting to diverse teams and cultures, enabling her to foster strong partnerships with key stakeholders.  She enjoys mentoring junior flavorists and motivating them to walk the extra mile for success.

Catalina Lee, 2017 Annual Gala Honoree

For more information please visit our website www.wffc.org or contact us at info@wffc.org

About the WFFC

The WFFC, Inc. was founded in 1982 by women employed in various capacities in the U.S. flavor and fragrance industry. This organization was borne out of a recognized need for a networking, education and support system for women in our industry. Our mission has been and remains to this day to provide a center of education, camaraderie, support and networking opportunities for women in our industry. Our membership encompasses women involved in sales, purchasing, customer service as well as technical careers.

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WFFC Announces 2017 Annual Recognition Award Recipients

Glen Rock, NJ – The WFFC is pleased to announce the 2017 Annual Recognition Award recipients. They are Gladys Gabriel, IFF (Nancy Poulos Leadership Award), Cynthia Lipka, Prinova Group (Flavorist Award), Martha Noyes, Agilex Fragrances (Perfumer Award) and John Wright, Independent Flavorist and Author (Innovative Excellence Award).

The award recipients will be honored at the WFFC Annual Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Gladys Gabriel

Gladys Gabriel, Vice President of Global Procurement at International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF), is the recipient of the Nancy Poulos Leadership Award.  Gladys is the first woman to reach chief procurement officer among the top flavor and fragrance companies in the world.  Gladys received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. She is the inventor of seven scientific patents.  Gladys started her career as a research chemist at Unilever and has progressed in various R&D, sales and marketing, procurement and supply chain leadership roles at Rhodia, Clorox, and IFF for the past 15 years. In her current role at IFF, Gladys drives a procurement vision and mandate, aligns internal and external stakeholder processes to optimize efficiency, mitigates risks, and maintains sustainable sourcing.  She focuses on developing the procurement talent pool and caliber to maintain IFF’s best practices and leadership for the long-term growth.  Together with Bob, her husband of 29 years, Gladys has raised four sons, young gentlemen now with their own professional career paths. The family has been an active contributor to their church and its charitable activities for many years.

Cyndie Lipka

Cyndie Lipka, Senior Flavorist at Prinova USA, is the recipient of the Flavorist Award.  Cyndie has 30 years of food industry experience and has worked for Hershey Co., Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., Sethness Greenleaf Chicago (later, Synergy Flavors) and Bell Flavors & Fragrances. She began her career at the Hershey Co., and helped develop a new chocolate-making process that contributed to Hershey’s first fully computerized modern day plant. Classically trained as a flavor chemist she was admitted into the Society of Flavor Chemists (SFC) in 2000. Cyndie is one out of 350 globally certified flavorists. Active in industry organizations, Cyndie has served twice as the president of the Board of Directors for the Chemical Sources Association, served on the Society of Flavor Chemists Board and is a member of Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce, Inc. She serves on Judith Michalski’s Organoleptic Flavor Materials panel to evaluate materials for an article, which is featured monthly in P&F magazine. Cyndie is a published author and in 2014 won the O.F. Stambaugh Outstanding Chemistry Alumni Award from her alma mater, Elizabethtown College.

Martha Noyes

Martha Noyes, Senior Perfumer at Agilex Fragrances, is the recipient of the Perfumer Award. Martha’s fragrance industry career began in 1994 as a perfumer’s assistant at Shaw Mudge & Company in Stamford, CT. In 1996, she moved to New Jersey to work at Manheimer, as a perfumer’s assistant and later in the GC lab, where she learned everything about gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS) from her mentor, Odila Zocca. After eight years at Manheimer, she joined Alpine Aromatics, as a GC perfumer for three years, and then joined Agilex Fragrances where she has been for the last ten years.

John Wright

In 2016, the WFFC Board created the “Innovative Excellence Award,” honoring an individual who offers novel contributions to the industry, and acts as a role model for guiding change and innovations. This year’s Innovative Excellence Award recipient is John Wright, Flavorist and Author. John has worked as a flavorist for more than forty years, in the UK, Canada and the US. He was responsible for global flavor creation from 2000-2007 for IFF. For the past five years he has worked in the flavor group at Mondelez R&D in East Hanover. He has always been enthusiastic to retain an active creative role and to promote training in the dark arts of flavor creation. Memberships include Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Flavor Chemists, Inc., and Fellow of the British Society of Flavorists.

For more information please visit our website www.wffc.org or contact us at info@wffc.org

About the WFFC

The WFFC, Inc. was founded in 1982 by women employed in various capacities in the U.S. flavor and fragrance industry. This organization was borne out of a recognized need for a networking, education and support system for women in our industry. Our mission has been and remains to this day to provide a center of education, camaraderie, support and networking opportunities for women in our industry. Our membership encompasses women involved in sales, purchasing, customer service as well as technical careers.

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WFFC Announces 2016 Gala Honoree: Tamara Steele, Elizabeth Arden

2016, at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

Under Tamara’s leadership, her team is responsible for the commercial execution and marketing for the Elizabeth Arden brand (Skincare, Color and Fragrance) and for Designer Fragrances (Juicy Couture, John Varvatos, White Diamonds Elizabeth Taylor, and Wildfox) in the US Prestige market, including brick and mortar, e-commerce and direct-to-consumer channels.

Tamara joined Elizabeth Arden in 1997 as Regional Manager for the New York area, and has since held a number of sales and marketing positions within the company. In Global Fragrance Marketing, she collaborated with fragrance partners and the Elizabeth Arden team to develop award-winning fragrance concepts for the Elizabeth Arden brand as well as celebrity fragrance brands, most notably Elizabeth Taylor and Britney Spears.

Previously, Tamara spent 10 years working at Unilever Canada. In her last role at Unilever, Tamara was the Director of Marketing in the Food and Beverage Division in Toronto.

A graduate of The Ivey School of Business at Western University in London, Canada, Tamara holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. She is an active alumna mentor to graduating students. Raised in Winnipeg, Canada, she currently lives in New York City.

Tamara Steele, 2016 Annual Gala Honoree

For more information please visit our website www.wffc.org or contact us at info@wffc.org

About the WFFC

The WFFC, Inc. was founded in 1982 by women employed in various capacities in the U.S. flavor and fragrance industry. This organization was borne out of a recognized need for a networking, education and support system for women in our industry. Our mission has been and remains to this day to provide a center of education, camaraderie, support and networking opportunities for women in our industry. Our membership encompasses women involved in sales, purchasing, customer service as well as technical careers.

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