IFF offers board seat to activist Sachem Head's Ferguson

FILE PHOTO: Scott Ferguson, Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager for Sachem Head Capital Management LP, presents during the 2018 Sohn Investment Conference in New York City, U.S., April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) – International Flavors & Fragrances Inc said on Monday it has offered Sachem Head Capital Management’s Scott Ferguson a seat on the chemical company’s board, potentially staving off a broader activist push.

The hedge fund amassed a roughly $1 billion stake in IFF and had nominated four directors to its board, Reuters reported in February, after IFF completed a $26.2 billion merger with DuPont’s nutrition unit.

As part of the deal, IFF said Sachem Head had agreed, at least temporarily, not to take on an activist role in terms of influencing shareholders. The hedge fund also agreed not to acquire more than 4.99% of the company’s outstanding shares.

Ferguson, managing partner at Sachem Head, will have the option to join IFF’s board between Sept. 10 and Dec. 31, the company said.

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