Drom U.S. restructures its management

8/20/2008

MUNICH, Germany Drom, an independent and family-owned player in the fragrance industry, has restructured its U.S. management team to put more responsibility into the hands of the individual department heads.

“It is our goal to be the fastest, most agile and most customer minded company in the industry,” statedFerdinand Storp, general manager of drom global. “In times where other houses add management layers to their structure, we are eliminating them and streamlining our operations.”

The new structure puts more responsibility on the individual department heads, which are also linked to the global headquarters in Germany.

The new drom U.S. will be lead by a management team that is comprised of the heads of the core divisions: Andy O’Shea, vice president of sales; Robert Stapf, director of marketing; and Storp. The team is completed by Patricia Gambardella, vice president of administration.

“The new drom does not have more than three management layers, from the lab assistants to the owners. At drom, we consider our customers as partners, and every partner gets the VIP treatment,” stated O’Shea.

In separate news, the company has appointed Karl Gordinier senior account manager for drom. Gordinier is responsible for the management and coordination of drom’s U.S.-based fine fragrance accounts, operating out of the company’s studio in New York.

Over his career at companies like Givaudan, Firmenich and, most recently, Takasago, Gordinier managed accounts such as Falic Fashion Group, Liz Claiborne Cosmetics, Coty Inc., Beauty Avenues and Elizabeth Arden. He is part of the new sales team under the supervision of O’Shea.

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