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, for almost seven years Geitner was a member of the Board
of Directors of Vodafone Group PLC in UK. During this 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.