“I am glad that Henkel will be led by Hans Van Bylen in the future. Because of his long-standing and international experience at Henkel, his excellent management skills and his passion for brands, innovations and customers, he is the perfect fit for the CEO position. We know that with Hans Van Bylen Henkel’s future is in best hands,” said Dr. Simone Bagel-Trah, chairwoman of the Supervisory Board and the Shareholders’ Committee.
“My appointment as CEO is both an honor and an obligation,” said Van Bylen. “I am looking forward to this and I am convinced we will continue the successful development of Henkel with our global team in the future.”
Van Bylen joined Henkel in 1984. His successful career at the company during the last 31 years comprised management positions with a broad geographical scope in two of Henkel’s business units, Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care. He began his career in Belgium and Benelux, and he later took on business responsibilities in France, Western Europe, the Middle East and Africa, North America, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Since 2005, Van Bylen has been a member of the Management Board, responsible for the Beauty Care business.
Pascal Houdayer will take over Van Bylen’s former responsibility as Management Board member for Henkel’s Beauty Care business unit. Houdayer joined Henkel in 2011, and was responsible for international marketing within the Home Care business, the New Business Development, and the digital activities of the Laundry & Home Care business unit. Additionally, he was responsible for the Asia-Pacific region of the business unit.
Before joining Henkel, from 1993 onwards, Houdayer held various international management positions at Procter & Gamble in Europe, North Africa and the US in the Laundry and Home Care as well as the Body Care business. Since March 1, 2016, he has been a member of the Henkel Management Board.