12/10/2010, Düsseldorf / Germany


New leadership for Henkel´s Adhesives Business


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Jan-Dirk Auris to succeed Thomas Geitner at Henkel Management Board

Thomas Geitner (55), Executive Vice President Adhesive Technologies and member of the Management Board, will resign from office effective December 31, 2010 for personal reasons. Jan-Dirk Auris (42), currently Senior Vice President Adhesive Technologies as well as President of Henkel in the Asia-Pacific region, has been appointed as his successor effective January 1, 2011.

Thomas Geitner joined Henkel in 2008 as Member of the Management Board. He has successfully managed the integration of the National Starch business and has formed a highly competitive global market leader in the adhesives industry. Prior to joining Henkel, he had served as a member of the Management Board of RWE AG and member of the Board of Directors of Vodafone Group PLC in the United Kingdom.

“Henkel regrets and respects this decision. I would like to thank Thomas Geitner for his commitment, expertise and leadership in successfully completing the transformation of our adhesives business. He has played a critical role in shaping a global leader in the adhesives industry in a very challenging economic environment. Under his leadership the adhesives business delivered in 2010 the best result ever to date. In addition, he has also developed his successor. We wish him the best for the future”, said Kasper Rorsted, CEO of Henkel. “The appointment of Jan-Dirk Auris to the Management Board is testament to the strong talent pool at Henkel, which enables us to develop the next generation of leaders in our company.”

Jan-Dirk Auris was born 1968 in Germany and joined Henkel in 1984. He has held various international management positions for Henkel, including five years in the United States and five years in China. Since 2008 he is President for Henkel in the Asia-Pacific region and has managed very successfully the Adhesive Technologies business in the region. 

This appointment follows the recent announcement of Bruno Piacenza (44), who will join the Management Board effective January 1, 2011 and will succeed Friedrich Stara (61) as Executive Vice President Laundry and Home Care at the Management Board in March 2011.

This document contains forward-looking statements which are based on the current estimates and assumptions made by the corporate management of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA. Forward-looking statements are characterized by the use of words such as expect, intend, plan, predict, assume, believe, estimate, anticipate and similar formulations. Such statements are not to be understood as in any way guaranteeing that those expectations will turn out to be accurate. Future performance and the results actually achieved by Henkel AG & Co. KGaA and its affiliated companies depend on a number of risks and uncertainties and may therefore differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Many of these factors are outside Henkel’s control and cannot be accurately estimated in advance, such as the future economic environment and the actions of competitors and others involved in the marketplace. Henkel neither plans nor undertakes to update forward-looking statements.

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA