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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 has been with Henkel for more than 30 years. 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 was on the Management Board for over 10 years, and has extensive 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. He completed his degree in Business Economics and Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Antwerp. Hans Van Bylen has also completed numerous executive development courses at the Harvard Business School and other prestigious institutions.

Hans Van Bylen has served on boards in the US and in Germany. He is now 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, Henkel

2002 – 2005

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

2001 – 2002

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

1995 – 2001

Various General Management positions
in France & Benelux, Henkel

1984 – 1995

Various international and local Marketing & Sales responsibilities
in the consumer business, Henkel


University of Antwerp (RUCA), Belgium, Master Business Economics
University of Antwerp (UFSIA), Belgium, MBA
Various executive education courses (e.g. Harvard Business School, INSEAD and IMD)


German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), President
Federation of German Industries (BDI), Vice President
Consumer Goods Forum, Board of Directors

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.