Thomas Geitner, a member of the Henkel Management Board since March 1, 2008, will assume responsibility for the Adhesives Technologies business sector effective mid-June. As previously announced in February 2008, Alois Linder, executive vice president, Adhesives Technologies, will resign from his office at his own request.
“The integration process of the recently acquired National
Starch businesses has started excellently,” said Kasper Rorsted, chief executive officer of Henkel. “Alois
Linder's decision to hand over his office at an earlier date is an important
step to maintain both the speed and continuity of this major project. I am
convinced that Thomas Geitner will successfully continue the further
development and internationalization of our Adhesives businesses."
Geitner has had a successful career in the technologies and
telecommunication businesses. Following assignments at Heidelberger
Druckmaschinen AG and Leybold AG, he was a member of the Management Board of
RWE AG. Subsequently, Geitner was a member of the Board of Directors of
Vodafone Group PLC in the UK for almost seven years, during which time he was
responsible for the successful integration of the former Mannesmann businesses,
the creation of the worldwide Vodafone brand, the development of global
products and the consolidation of both worldwide infrastructure and purchasing.
In his nearly 30 years with Henkel, Alois Linder has been
successful in various functions. In 2002, he was appointed executive vice president,
Consumer and Craftsmen Adhesives. In 2007, Linder led the merger of the Henkel
Adhesives and Technologies business sectors. Since then, he has headed
Adhesives Technologies, Henkel's largest business sector.