Jean-Yves Berthon, President of the Greentech Group, is this year’s winner of the French Society of Cosmetology (SFC - Société Française de Cosmétologie) Award, which is granted every two years to a prominent personality for services rendered to the field of cosmetology.
“The profession pays tribute to the journey of this pioneer, a pioneer in the field of vegetable biotechnology at a time when going green was not yet a trend, let alone an actual concept,” said Greentech in a release.
Jean-Yves Berthon, who was a young 32-year-old doctor of biology at the time, founded Greentech in 1992 with a different and committed vision. A few decades later, he governs a group consisting of three companies, dedicated to the fields of vegetables, marine life and microorganisms: Greentech, Greensea and Biovitis. The Group develops and produces innovative active ingredients for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and functional food; these ingredients are obtained from complex plants, algae, micro-algae and microorganism mechanisms from all over the world.
With over 100 employees, the group has an annual turnover of almost 20 million euros, 80% of which in the cosmetics markets, in particular with some of the industry’s global leaders. Half of the sales are made out of France, thanks to subsidiaries in the United States, Germany and Brazil, and to thirty distributors worldwide.