Treatt appoints David Shannon as Chief Executive Officer


Today, we announce the appointment of David Shannon as Group Chief Executive Officer and a Director effective on 3rd June 2024.

Vijay Thakrar, Chair of Treatt, said:
“Following a robust search process that attracted a number of high-quality candidates, we are thrilled that David is joining the Treatt team. He has highly relevant international experience delivering growth in an innovation led group, with a motivational and collaborative leadership style, which will enable him to lead Treatt through its next, exciting phase. The Board and I look forward to working closely with David, Ryan, and our Leadership Team as they focus on realising the full potential of Treatt following the investment of recent years.”

David joins Treatt from Croda International Plc where he has held several senior roles, recently as President of Consumer Care and an Executive Committee member. He has extensive experience in selling specialty ingredients in the B2B environment for the Flavour and Fragrance, Personal Care, Pharmaceutical, and Agricultural industries worldwide.

David has a proven track record of sustainably growing businesses in dynamic markets. He has spent 13 years in various roles in the USA, a key market for Treatt, and has recently overseen a new manufacturing project in China. David’s experience includes global business management, setting and delivering strategy, optimising science and innovation to drive revenue growth, identifying new ways to maximise revenue and attracting, retaining, and developing employees. He has a degree in chemistry from Edinburgh University.

Ryan Govender and Alison Sleight will continue as Interim CEO & Interim CFO respectively until David joins, when Ryan will resume as CFO and Alison as Group Finance & IT Director.

David Shannon added:
“I am honoured to be joining Treatt as CEO, a company that has a remarkable history of delivering excellence to its customers through sustainability, innovation and agility, supported by a unique culture. I am looking forward to working with everyone at Treatt to build on its strong foundation, unlock new opportunities, and chart a path of sustained success.”