It is with deep sadness and emotion that Givaudan announces the death of Olivier Pescheux, on July 10 in Paris, at the age of 57, after battling a long illness.
Born in Paris in 1966 and a graduate of Isipca, Olivier Pescheux began his career in 1990 when he joined Payan Bertrand in Bangkok. Returning to Paris in 1992, he put his talent to work for the Annick Goutal perfume house, before moving to Kao Corporation in 1993. He joined Givaudan in 1998, before returning in 2006 after a brief spell with Quest International.
Known for his elegant, luminous olfactory style, Olivier is behind countless successes such as Eau Mohéli by Diptyque, Herod by Parfums de Marly and Explorer by Montblanc. His inexhaustible talent and creative versatility have earned him the rank of master perfumer.
Gilles Andrier, General Manager, said: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Olivier Pescheux. He was not only the architect of many of the industry's most beautiful and iconic fragrances, but also a beloved person, devoted to his art and committed to mentoring the next generation of perfumers."
"Olivier liked to call himself a craftsman, and he really was, says Xavier Renard, Global Head of Fine Fragrances. His ability to transcend any material, to make any ingredient tell new stories, has made Olivier one of the most important and celebrated creative minds. He leaves us a prodigious amount of creations, and his brilliant personality will live on through his legacy."
Oriol Segui, Head of Fine Fragrances Europe, adds: "Olivier contributed enormously to shaping the perfumery of today and tomorrow. He was loved for his warm and friendly nature, his generosity and his boundless artistic sense. Olivier will be sorely missed."