Robert M. Amen '73 served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International Flavors and Fragrances Corp. (IFF) from 2006-2009. Prior to his 3 years at IFF, Mr. Amen was President of International Paper Company, retiring from that post in March 2006. During his 26 years with International Paper, Mr. Amen played a major role in developing the company's international strategy and in transforming the company's operations and business focus. He was named president of International Paper in 2003, having previously served as executive vice president of the company from 2000-2003 and president of International Paper Europe from 1996-2000. Rob is Chairman of the Deming Center Advisory Board at Columbia University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Verso Corporation and Balfour Beatty PLC. Mr. Amen has a bachelor's degree in economics from Boston College and a master's degree in business administration from Columbia University. Areas of interest: international business; people development/leadership and emerging markets.