Charles de Montalivet

Country General Manager Shiseido Group

Charles de Montalivet

"We are delighted to welcome Charles to The Fragrance Foundation Board of Directors with over 15 yrs experience in Luxury goods, Retail & Wholesale-
International leadership experience in both domestic markets & Travel Retail / Europe & Middle-East Charles has so much to bring to the Board and our plans for the future."
Linda Key Jackson - CEO

Why do you love fragrance?
I have always been fascinated by the ecosystem around perfumes’ creation: from the flowers’ fields, the distillation process and blending (very close to fine wine making) , the talented “nose” personalities and their ability to tell stories and capture moments to that unique moment where we all got in contact with a scent and have been transported back in time.
What is your scent memory?
For me, the strongest evocations are around the encaustic smell of the wooden corridor in our old family house in Dordogne which brings me back when I was a child and would spend a month there with my numerous cousins.
Who hasn’t been instinctively reminded of a loved person years later after coming across the same perfume.Fragrance is the most powerful journey into our soul and memories. A one we cannot really control and yet is extremely powerful.