06/21/2007, Düsseldorf / Gemany


Henkel pays tribute to Jochen Krautter

A celebration gala - in honor of the board member

A celebration gala was held in honor of Jochen Krautter, member of the Henkel Management Board of many years, who will be leaving the company after more than three decades of dedicated service. Around 200 guests had gathered at the “Kunstsammlung NRW” venue in honor of the departing Executive Vice President Adhesives Technologies and Personally Liable Partner, keen to pay tribute to his achievements for and on behalf of the company. Jochen Krautter will officially leave the Management Board of Henkel as of July 1, 2007.

Around 200 guests comprising representatives of the Henkel family and the company’s corporate bodies, colleagues and staff members of his, both former and active, all met for a farewell gala in honor of Jochen Krautter held in the “Kunstsammlung NRW” art gallery complex. After 34 years of service in 11 different career “stations”, including 15 exceptional years as a member of the Henkel Management Board, the personally liable partner will, as envisaged, be leaving the company effective July 1, 2007. The newly formed Adhesives Technologies business sector, which Krautter latterly headed together with Alois Linder, will then pass into the sole control of Linder.

Henkel Chairman Ulrich Lehner expressed his gratitude to his colleague on the Management Board for his outstanding work and his invaluable, unwavering commitment to the Henkel cause. “Through your versatility, your decisiveness and your assertiveness, you have considerably helped to shape Henkel. Serving as Chief Financial Officer and then Executive Vice President responsible for our industrial business, you initiated major, important change during your fifteen years on the Management Board. And in driving the highly profitable realignment of Henkel Technologies, you have made a significant contribution to the sustained enhancement of our world-leading position in this field”.

Driving success at Henkel for more than three decades
Dr. Jochen Krautter has worked for more than three highly successful decades for and on behalf of Henkel. In the course of his career, the native of the city of Stuttgart passed through 11 different positions. After studying engineering and business administration at Karlsruhe University of Science and Technology, he served as a research fellow and gained his doctorate at the University of Mannheim. He then attended Stanford University, USA, as holder of a scholarship granted by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Krautter began his career at Henkel in 1973 as Assistant to the Management Board. Two years later, he was transferred to the Detergents business unit. There he initially managed the Marketing Planning department before becoming Head of Detergent Sales in 1977. Following further senior managerial functions in marketing and sales, he was appointed Corporate Vice President Logistics/Information Systems in 1987. After a period abroad as Chairman of the Board of Henkel Belgium and Henkel Netherlands, Krautter was appointed member of the Henkel Management Board in 1992 as Executive Vice President responsible for Henkel Surface Technologies/Information Systems/Latin America. In 2000, Krautter was appointed Chief Financial Officer. In July 2003, he assumed responsibility for the Henkel Technologies business sector and finally, in April 2007, he together with Alois Linder took the reins of the newly merged Adhesives Technologies business sector.

“ONE! Technologies” – the formula for success in Henkel’s industrial business
Krautter made a major contribution to the successful realignment of Henkel’s industrial business. When he took over the Henkel Technologies business sector in July 2003, he resolutely pursued the global integration of the various businesses under the slogan “ONE! Technologies”. The new organizational structure not only improved market development efficiency but also enabled effective utilization of an extensive network of common core competences. This in turn led to improved development of integrated, customized solutions. And these changes were soon to bear considerable fruit. Henkel Technologies saw its sales and profits increase significantly, with further expansion to its position as undisputed market leader in industrial adhesives, sealants and surface treatment technology. According to Krautter’s own account, this period was the most exciting in his 34 years at Henkel. Ultimately, he prepared the way for the merger of the industrial business with the Consumer and Craftsmen Adhesives business, completed as of April 1, 2007. The newly merged Adhesives Technologies business sector constitutes a global competence center unprecedented in its field. This final achievement is the perfect reflection of Jochen Krautter’s own driving vision, which reads: “Wherever in the world an industrial user or private consumer seeks an adhesive, sealant or a surface treatment product, one word only should come to mind: Henkel.”