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Media releases

5 Oct 2004

Givaudan announces succession plans for Chairman and CEO

5 October 2004 At the Annual Shareholders Meeting 2004, Chairman Dr Henri B. Meier announced his plans to retire from the Board at the next General Assembly of April 27, 2005. In line with its long term succession planning, Givaudan’s Board of Directors has decided to elect Dr Juerg Witmer, the current Chief Executive Officer as the new Chairman of the Board, effective April 27, 2005. Mr. Gilles Andrier, currently Head of Givaudan’s global Fine Fragrance Business will succeed Dr Witmer as Chief Executive Officer in Vernier (Switzerland).
24 Sep 2004

Investor Visit- A Taste of the Orient

24 September 2004 It is our pleasure to invite you on yet another voyage of olfactive and gustative discovery, this time to the Far East to visit our creation, technology and production centres in Shanghai on the 2nd November 2004 and in Singapore on the 4th November 2004.
10 Aug 2004

Givaudan half year results 2004

10 August 2004 Givaudan maintains strong sales momentum and substantially improves profitability. In the first half of 2004, Givaudan maintained its strong sales momentum. Gross, operating and net margins substantially improved as some of the temporary factors affecting prior year comparables diminished and the margin improvement initiatives, announced in January 2004, started to have a positive impact.
6 Jul 2004

Givaudan opens new savoury development centre in Kemptthal (Switzerland)

6 July 2004 With a view to further enhance and consolidate its European flavour development set-up, Givaudan has inaugurated a new Savoury Development Centre in Kemptthal (Zurich, Switzerland). As a consequence, the activities of the Culinary Technology Centre in Tremblay (Paris, France) will be transferred to Kemptthal.
22 Jun 2004

Givaudan starts prolonged share buy back programme

22 June 2004 As announced on 14 June 2004, the Board of Directors of Givaudan SA has resolved to extend the share buy back programme 2003/2004 concerning 800,000 registered shares by one year, i.e. until 30 June, 2005.
15 Jun 2004

Givaudan announces CFO succession

15 June 2004 In line with Givaudan’s long term succession planning, Othmar Vock, Chief Financial Officer of Givaudan, will retire at the end of 2004. His successor will be Matthias Waehren, presently with the Dutch company DSM Nutritional Products. Mr. Waehren will join Givaudan on August 15th and undergo a comprehensive introduction into his new function.
14 Jun 2004

Prolongation of the share buy back programme

The Board of Directors of Givaudan SA has resolved to extend the share buy back programme 2003/2004 concerning 800,000 registered shares by one year, i.e. until 30 June, 2005.
1 Jun 2004

Givaudan announces intention to transfer Dutch flavour production

With a view to further consolidate its European flavour production, Givaudan has announced its intention to transfer the flavour compounding production from Barneveld (Netherlands) to its German and Swiss sites. This transfer will allow Givaudan to optimise European capacity utilisation. Approximately 130 employees will be affected by the planned transfer.
16 Apr 2004

Givaudan SA: Annual General Meeting 2004

The Annual General Meeting of Givaudan SA, the world leader in fragrances and flavours, took place in Geneva on 16 April 2004. It was attended by 177 shareholders, representing 3,200,392 (40%) of a total of 8,000,000 registered shares.
8 Apr 2004

First quarter 2004 sales: Givaudan maintains strong momentum

In the first quarter 2004, Givaudan recorded sales of CHF 701.6 million resulting in a growth of 4.1% in local currencies and 2.4% in Swiss francs, compared to the same period in 2003, clearly outgrowing the underlying market. Excluding sales of discontinued fragrance ingredients, Givaudan grew 6.7% in local currencies and 4.9% in Swiss francs.
2 Mar 2004

Givaudan 2003 Results

In 2003 Givaudan recorded sales of CHF 2,715 million, resulting in an increase of 9.0% in local currencies and 1.5% in Swiss Francs. On a comparable basis, as if the FIS acquisition had occurred on 1 January 2002, sales increased by 4.2% in local currencies.

Safety and Environmental Report 2003

Givaudan group's Safety and Environmental Protection Report for 2003
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2 Mar 2004

Invitation to the 2004 Annual Media Conference

We have the pleasure of inviting you to attend our Annual Media Conference 2004.
22 Jan 2004

Margin improvement initiatives approved and launched

Since becoming an independent publicly quoted company in June 2000, Givaudan has strived to become the leading company in the fragrance and flavours industry.
22 Dec 2003

Share Buyback 2003/04 – update 1

From 30 June 2003, to 19 December 2003, Givaudan SA has repurchased 45,000 own shares (5.63% of the programme) in the frame of the buy back programme announced on 18 June 2003.

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