Antoine A. Firmenich, PhD '94, MBA '96
Antoine Firmenich is a founding partner along with Richard Vogel of Alatus SA, a European-based value investment advisory firm, created to coordinate investments in public markets. The firm’s flagship fund, the Aquilus Inflection fund, uses a proprietary FCF-based framework to invest in Europe-headquartered companies that are global leaders in their own niches. At the request of a number of leading multigenerational business families and global investors wishing to gain deeper insights and exposure to Europe, the partnership was opened to a select group of external capital partners.
Dr. Firmenich also serves as the chairman of Sentarom SA, the controlling company of the Firmenich group of companies. Firmenich International, founded in 1895, is the world’s largest privately owned flavors and fragrance company with offices in more than
50 countries. In 2011, the company was the recipient of the prestigious IMD-LO Global Family Business Award, the international jury having been particularly impressed with the company’s relentless focus on innovation, sustainable growth, and good corporate governance.
Dr. Firmenich is a native of Geneva, Switzerland; a 1996 graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business; and a 1994 graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he received a PhD in biochemistry under Nobel laureate Dr. Paul Berg and a fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Firmenich is a 1988 alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Scholastic All-American, winner of the John Asinari Award, and elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.
Dr. Firmenich serves and has served on a number of corporate boards. He is a passionate supporter of several nonprofit organizations that support children, sustainability, health care, education, and the arts.
Dr. Firmenich and his wife, Christina, reside in Singapore. They have two young daughters: Charlotte and Camille.