THE WHAT? Henkel has announced that Wolfgang König, currently Category President Kellogg North America, will join its Henkel Management Board as Executive Vice President for the Beauty Care business, effective June 1, 2021.
THE DETAILS König will succeed Jens-Martin Schwärzler, who is stepping down after more than 28 years with the company.
“On behalf of our Supervisory Board and Shareholders’ Committee, I am very glad to appoint Wolfgang König as new Member of the Henkel Management Board and Executive Vice President for our Beauty Care business. He has broad international management and leadership experience in leading consumer goods companies and adds valuable expertise in marketing, sales and innovation and a strong performance focus. We are very much looking forward to welcome him to the Henkel team,” said Dr Simone Bagel-Trah, Chairwoman of the Henkel Shareholders’ Committee and Supervisory Board. “I would also like to thank Jens-Martin Schwärzler for his dedicated service to the company and his achievements in more than 28 years at Henkel. We wish him all the best for the future,” Dr. Bagel-Trah added.
THE WHY? König brings 25 years’ experience in FMCG to the role, having started his career with Beiersdorf in 1996. He has worked across various Brand and Key Account management roles both in mature and emerging markets. Most recently, he was responsible for a US$6.7 billion business across all categories at Kellogg.