IFF announces successor to chief R&D and sustainability officer

Casper Vroemen — vice president of research & development, health & biosciences at Union Beach-based IFF — has been named to succeed Gregory Yep, chief R&D and sustainability officer, who will resign as of Sept. 1.

Vroemen has dedicated his career to the advancement and commercialization of leading-edge biotechnology and will be based in Union Beach as part of IFF’s Executive Leadership Team.

“Through Greg’s leadership, we have established IFF as the go-to partner for science-backed solutions for the health, fragrance, nutrition and home and personal care markets,” Frank Clyburn, IFF CEO, stated. “We thank Greg for his many contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors. We have a strong successor in Casper, who will continue to advance our innovation pipeline and sustainability efforts.”

Vroemen joined the company in 2004 as a scientist and project leader. Over the past two decades, he has assumed roles of increasing responsibility in research and development in Europe and the U.S. and has played a major role in establishing IFF as a bioscience powerhouse. During his tenure, he oversaw the company’s leading position in the protein engineering of industrial enzymes, contributed to the commercialization of multiple new technological advancements, and is a prolific inventor named on many patents.

As chief R&D and sustainability officer, Vroemen will further IFF’s efforts in innovation, leading the company’s global R&D strategy, technological development, innovation pipeline and external collaborations. Vroemen holds a Master of Science in molecular life sciences and a doctorate in molecular biology, both from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

At IFF — an industry leader in food, beverage, scent, health and biosciences — science and creativity meet to create essential solutions for a better world. IFF is an international collective of thinkers that partners with customers to bring scents, tastes, experiences, ingredients and solutions for products the world craves.