When Henkel announced the merger of its two consumer businesses in January 2022, the company had also announced that Bruno Piacenza would leave the company by the end of 2022 at the latest, after having been closely involved in the integration process. As Henkel is ahead of the originally announced schedule in implementing the new organizational structure of Henkel Consumer Brands, the change has now been brought forward.
Sep 30, 2022 Düsseldorf / Germany
Bruno Piacenza leaves Henkel after more than 30 years of successful service to the company
Effective September 30, 2022, Bruno Piacenza (56), who has been Executive Vice President of Henkel's Laundry & Home Care business sector since 2011, will leave the Henkel Management Board, as already announced at the beginning of the year. Wolfgang König (50), currently Executive Vice President for Beauty Care, will additionally assume responsibility for Laundry & Home Care with effect from October 1, 2022 and will also lead the newly created Henkel Consumer Brands business unit in the future.
Dr. Simone Bagel-Trah, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board and Shareholders' Committee, expressly thanked Bruno Piacenza on behalf of the corporate bodies and the Henkel family for his many years of service to the company. "Bruno Piacenza has made a significant contribution to the successful development of the Laundry & Home Care business unit and thus to Henkel as a whole. Under his leadership, Laundry & Home Care's market position was significantly expanded internationally, important product innovations were introduced, and sustainability was significantly strengthened along the entire value chain – from the development and use to the recyclability of our products," said Dr. Simone Bagel-Trah.
Henkel CEO Carsten Knobel also thanked Bruno Piacenza for decades of successful service, dedication and contribution to the company: "On behalf of all Henkel colleagues, I would like to express my sincere thanks to my Board colleague Bruno Piacenza. He looks back on more than three decades with our company and has successfully led our Laundry & Home Care business for almost 12 years. Thanks to his passion and expertise, our top brands and the whole business unit have developed very strongly during this time. I would also like to expressly thank him for his active support of the ongoing integration process into Henkel Consumer Brands. Due to the good progress made in the ongoing integration, we have jointly decided that now is the appropriate time for a change in responsibility."
Bruno Piacenza was born in France and began his professional career at Henkel in 1990. Before joining the Management Board, he was Corporate Senior Vice President with responsibility for Beauty Care in the regions of Western Europe, Middle East/Africa and Asia-Pacific, and as President for Henkel in France. In 2011, he was appointed to the Henkel Management Board, being responsible for the Laundry & Home Care unit.