Annual Gala Honorees
Chairman & CEO, IFF
Mr. Fibig joined IFF’s Board in 2011 and has been its Chairman since December 2014; and Chief Executive Officer since September 2014. Previously, he served as President and Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, the pharmaceutical division of Bayer AG, from September 2008 to September 2014. Prior to that position, Mr. Fibig held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Pfizer Inc., a research-based pharmaceutical company, including as Senior Vice President of the US Pharmaceutical Operations group from 2007 through 2008 and as President, Latin America, Africa and Middle East from 2006 through 2007. Mr. Fibig’s prior work experience with various pharmaceutical companies has provided him with extensive experience in international business, product development and strategic planning, which are directly translatable to his work as IFF’s Chairman and CEO.
Mr. Fibig was appointed to the board of Bunge Limited in September of 2016, where he served through 2018. Currently, Mr. Fibig is chairman of the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. New York, a position he has held since May 2018, and has been a board member of Novo Nordisk since March 2018.
100th Anniversary of Starr Insurance Companies
Founded in Shanghai, China 1919
10th Anniversary of the Derfner Judaica Museum
This year the Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale celebrates its tenth anniversary. In 2009 the Hebrew Home’s Judaica Museum, founded in 1982, was renamed for benefactors the late Helen and Harold Derfner and moved in to the light-filled 5000-square-foot gallery space that it now occupies in the Jacob Reingold Pavilion. Designed by award-winning architect Louise Braverman with lots of glass block walls, light wood and reflective surfaces, its open plan preserves a connection to its spectacular setting overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. The Museum showcases Jewish ceremonial art from the permanent collection in the ongoing exhibition Tradition and Remembrance: Treasures of the Derfner Judaica Museum. It also features changing exhibitions three times a year, including individual and thematic group shows with works borrowed or drawn from the Museum’s or Art Collection’s holdings of more than 5,000 paintings, sculptures, works on paper and decorative arts. Residents enjoy Museum receptions and educational programs throughout the year.