Howard Maxwell reveals that he is a member of IIBN since the beginning, saying I joined IIBN in New York after it was first started. I have been a member since then and have watched it grow over the years with great interest. The main benefit of the IIBN is the ability to Network, which was a great benefit to me in my career in New York, opening many doors of opportunity. I attended many of their events in New York and several annual conferences in Dublin and New York.

Continued success to the IIBN as it grows.

I left New York to come to Budapest in 2016 as my wife’s (Felicitas) job transferred here. I am presently working here for International Flavors and Fragrances as a Collections and Accounting Analyst in their GSSC office. Since arriving in Budapest, I have joined the Irish Hungarian Business Network in 2016. I was on the board from 2016 to 2019. In 2018 I connected the IIBN with the IHBC and we had a large attendance of IIBN members at the St Patricks Day Weekend 2019 in Budapest.

I and the IHBC look forward to developing this relationship. The Irish Hungarian Business Circle was founded in 2005 to develop the relationship between Ireland and Hungary. We have 4 main aims Integration, Business, Hospitality and Charity.

For more information on the IHBC, please visit our website –

In your own words what does your business IFF do?

International Flavors & Fragrances is an American corporation producing flavors, fragrances and cosmetic actives, which it markets globally. It is headquartered in New York City and has creative, sales, and manufacturing facilities in 35 different countries.

What are your main priorities and goals in your role?

Responsible for transition of Collections function to the IFF GSSC for Tastepoint. ( A division of IFF) improving work flow process , reducing the aging balances and staff training.

What are your biggest challenges?

IFF has been expanding over the year and the biggest challenge has been managing the transition.

How will Brexit affect you, or have you started to feel the effects already?

No – but will affect as we approach the 2020 year end.

How do you define success and what drives you to succeed?

Working hard and thinking outside the box and Networking.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given, or would give, in business?

Trust and Honesty in all your dealings.

What have been your highlights in business over the past year?

The successful transition of Tastepoint collections function into IFF GSSC.

What’s next for your company?

Taste, Food & Beverage will make up one of four divisions in a previously announced merger between New York-based International Flavors & Fragrances and DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences. The other divisions are Scent, Health & Biosciences and Pharma Solutions.

The divisions were unveiled May 11. DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences currently is part of Wilmington-based DuPont. Both IFF and DuPont still expect the transaction to close in the first quarter of 2021.

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