A good start to the year and on track for GBS implementation
Givaudan’s annual investor conference was held in Vernier, Geneva on 10 April 2018, and brought together 39 investors and analysts from institutions in Europe.
Gilles Andrier, Givaudan CEO, presented the Company’s 2018 first quarter sales: in the first three months of the year, Givaudan recorded sales of CHF 1,308 million, an increase of 5% on a like-for-like-basis. The good growth was achieved across all product segments and geographies, with recent acquisitions all continuing to contribute positively. Andrier updated attendees on Givaudan’s 2020 strategy which in part seeks to create value through targeted acquisitions. In particular, he gave on overview on the recently announced plan to purchase 40.6% of Naturex.
Special topic speaker Anne Tayac, Head of Givaudan Business Solutions (GBS), presented an update on the implementation of GBS, Givaudan's new platform to drive agility and efficiency in line with its ambition to 'deliver with excellence'. Tayac’s review of key achievements so far, which followed her presentation to investors in August 2017, showed how GBS leverages digital technology, ensures a superior customer experience and brings value to the Company’s businesses.
“We are well on track with the implementation of GBS with a number of sites already working hand-in-hand with our GBS delivery centres in Europe and Asia Pacific.”
Anne Tayac, Head of Givaudan Business Solutions
Conference participants were able to talk to members of the Executive Committee during a buffet lunch featuring Hungarian, Argentine and Malaysian specialities – a neat connection to the countries hosting GBS service centres.
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