The botanicals sector has lost a giant with the announcement that Naturex founder and chairman Jacques Dikansky died at the weekend after a long illness that saw him depart the French firms’ day-to-day operations this year.
Dikansky founded Naturex in Avignon, France, in 1992 and after a series of acquisitions and developing a broad herbal extract portfolio, turned it into the biggest player in the world, with turnover of about €250 million.
“Described as a true entrepreneurial spirit and a talented visionary, Jacques Dikansky was a source of inspiration for his employees with whom he shared his passion for the industry of plant-based natural ingredients for more than 20 years,” the company said.
“His keen sense of strategy and the quality of the acquisitions he successfully completed contributed to transforming Naturex over this period into the global leader in speciality plant-based natural ingredients.”
His business acumen saw him ranked as one of the 500 most wealthy men in France.
Thierry Lambert continues to run the enterprise.