Matthias Guentert holds a Ph.D. in food chemistry from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Since retiring from his executive leadership position with Symrise he has been a consultant for food and food ingredients. During his career of almost 30 years with Symrise he held various important technical and commercial leadership positions. From July 2008 until July 2014 he was the president of the flavor and nutrition division in North America. He served for two terms as a member of the scientific advisory board of the German Institute for Food Chemistry in Freising, Germany (2005 – 2014). From May 2012 until May 2015 he was also elected to the FEMA Board of Governors.