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Hans Van Bylen

Chief Executive Officer

Born in Berchem/Belgium, on April 26, 1961

Hans Van Bylen is married with three children.

Hans Van Bylen is more than 30 years with Henkel. He started his career at Henkel Belgium in 1984, followed by increasing management and geographic responsibilities in the Netherlands, for Benelux, France, Western Europe, Africa/Middle East, North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Before becoming CEO of Henkel he served over 10 years on the Management Board, and has a broad international experience in the consumer and industrial business.

Hans Van Bylen was born in Belgium and is married with three children. He is fluent in English, German, French and Dutch and a graduate of the University of Antwerp, with both a degree in business management and a Master of Business Administration. Hans Van Bylen also completed numerous executive development courses at Harvard Business School, among other institutions.

Hans Van Bylen served on boards in the US and in Germany. He is now Vice President of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), which represents around 1,700 companies in the chemical industry. 


since May 2016Chief Executive Officer

2005 – 2016

Executive Vice President Beauty Care

2002 – 2005

Corporate Senior Vice President
Strategic Business Unit Hair, Global
Regional Steering Americas, Asia-Pacific
Market Research
Henkel Düsseldorf 

2001 – 2002

Corporate Senior Vice President
Strategic Business Unit Skin/Oral Care/Perfumes, Global
Regional Steering Western/Southern Europe, Africa/Middle East
Henkel Düsseldorf

2000 – 2001Corporate Vice President
General Manager Cosmetics France & Benelux
Henkel France

1995 – 2000

Corporate Vice President
General Manager, Cosmetics, Henkel Benelux
Director International, Strategic Sales, Henkel Düsseldorf

1992 – 1995

International Marketing Director
Strategic Business Unit Body Care, Cosmetics,
Henkel Düsseldorf

1991 – 1992

Marketing Director, Cosmetics, Henkel Benelux
1987 – 1991

Marketing Manager, Detergents, Henkel Benelux

1984 – 1987

Key Account/Product Manager, Detergents, Henkel Belgium


University of Antwerp, Belgium, Master Business Economics RUCA
University of Antwerp, Belgium, MBA - UFSIA


German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), Vice President

Previous positions:
GfK SE, Supervisory Board
Ecolab Inc., Board of Directors


Find information about Hans Van Bylen’s annual compensation and salary in our annual report.