Henkel has announced that its current CEO, Hans Van Bylen is to step down from his role ‘for personal reasons’ at the end of the year. He will therefore hand over the position to his successor Carsten Knobel, currently CFO, effective January 1, 2020.
“After about 35 years with Henkel, I have decided that with the expiration of my contract next year it is now the right time to make an orderly change at the top of the company. For personal reasons, I will not seek a further term as Chairman of the Management Board. I would like to thank all employees and my colleagues in the Management Board for their dedication and commitment over the past years, as well as all members of our supervisory committees for their support and advice,” said Van Bylen. “I am also glad that we were able to appoint Carsten Knobel from within our Management Board as successor and CEO. I am convinced that Henkel will continue to develop successfully under his leadership.”
Knobel joined Henkel in 1995 as Assistant to the Management Board, before moving to the German manufacturer of Schwarzkopf’s Beauty Care unit where he held various senior positions, culminating in his appointment as Head of Corporate Strategy & Controlling and Financial Director of the Beauty Care unit. He was appointed CFO in 2012.
“With Carsten Knobel, we have appointed an excellent successor from within the company. He knows Henkel very well and has many years of international management and leadership experience. He is highly regarded by his colleagues on the Management Board as well as by our employees and has also an excellent reputation in the capital markets. We are convinced that, together with the entire Management Board, he will continue to drive vigorously the development of our company. On behalf of all Henkel committees and employees, I wish him all the best and success for the future,” said Simone Bagel-Trah, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board and Shareholders’ Committee.