David Plimpton is CEO & President of INOLEX. His decade of leadership has guided the company on a path of reinvestment and growth. David is committed to advancing the industry with innovative technologies and serving brands with ingredients for a sustainable future. He has a background in private equity and is an early stage entrepreneur at heart.

In my role, I like to help people find where their greatest talent meets the world’s greatest needs.

Perspective

The three areas where I focus the most attention are People + Ideas + Initiative. Our People are Our Greatest Strength. This is one of our core values. It's all about the winning team we have at INOLEX. People who are passionate, and fiercely devoted to innovation.

I am an early stage entrepreneur at heart. I want to test new ideas, experiment, and take on new challenges. I very much enjoy working with people who think like entrepreneurs and who are willing to take initiative.

My approach at INOLEX is quite simple: "Serving one another as together we serve." If we learn how to serve one another day to day in the company, we are able, together, to do our best in serving clients and partners around the world.

We are a global ingredients company. To maintain and grow our global reach with a local identity, our products must be relevant in the key beauty care markets that define the trends. This increasingly means having a local presence in China. There are over 100 cities in China with greater than 5 million people. Understanding the local beauty care and personal care needs of consumers in this region, as well as other historically significant beauty and luxury markets, is focal for us.

Taking calculated risks and failing teaches you about who you are, what's important, and who is important to you. Failure is the ultimate course correction device.

In my role, I like to help people find where their greatest talent meets the world’s greatest needs.