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B O A R D o f DIR E C T OR S Steve Somers Director “Having spent 35 years in the industry and having lived through all the mergers and acquisitions, regulatory challenges, new technologies and overall, the dynamism of the industry, I couldn’t have dreamed of having such good fortune all those years ago to have joined and been part of such an amazing business. Even better, I can’t wait to witness what the future holds for such an exciting industry.” I was born and raised in Whitestone - Queens, New York. I graduated St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn in 1982 with a B.S. in Organic Chemistry and St. John’s University, Queens in 1986 with a M.S. in Analytical Chemistry. I commenced my professional career in 1982 employed at Felton International as a Quality Control Chemist. In 1984, I joined Fritsche, Dodge & Olcott which was purchased in 1991 by Givaudan. From 1984 until 1997, at which time I left my employment at Givaudan, I had various positions including Quality Control Chemist, Process Development Chemist, 2nd Shift Production Supervisor, Production Manager, Account Executive, Business Director, and finally Vice President Sales – Fragrance Ingredients North America. In 1997, I joined Vigon International and in January 1998, became the President and Owner of the company which I remain still today. Andreas Steiner Director “I am passionate about the fragrance industry as it helps to create a better living through scent by making people feel better while at the same time supporting communities in need and endangered environments all around the world.” I serve as the President of Fragrances North America at Symrise, and have worked in fragrance for over twenty years. I was born in Germany and spent my childhood in Mexico City and completed my studies in Berlin. For the past decade at Sym- rise, I have been able to apply my global experience by leading sales and development teams in Argentina, Germany, Brazil, Mexico and the U.S., supporting clients, employees, suppliers and other business partners in the business of scent and care. 14 FRAGRANCE NOTES SPRING 2017