Henkel names new North America leadership team
German chemical and consumer goods group Henkel announced on Thursday a series of appointments to the company’s North America leadership team, starting with the appointment of Steven Essick as president of the North America region.
Essick has been with Henkel, owner of Schwarzkopf and Persil, for 23 years serving in global financial and commercial leadership roles across Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.
On the North America leadership team, he will be joined by Nicolas Krauss. He is equally a company veteran who joined Henkel in 2012. He was most recently head of Adhesive Technologies Industrials, and previously held leadership roles in the company's Automotive Electronics and Electronics Materials business, and global strategy and business development Adhesive Technologies.
Rounding out the North America Leadership team are Alan Wolpert, corporate senior vice president and regional head of Laundry & Home Care North America; Filippos Minaidis, senior VP and general manager, Beauty Care Retail North America; Jenny Schiavone, vice president, corporate communication; Frank Steinert, senior vice president, head of Human Resources and Marcy Tenaglia, senior vice president, chief legal officer and secretary.
"Our employees and our North American leadership team are well-positioned to stimulate further growth, innovation and sustainable value in the years to come," said Essick. "We have a lot of opportunities ahead of us.”
"I am excited to head this team of seasoned leaders for North America who bring a wide range of perspectives, an exceedingly strong set of business experiences and talents, and passion for building diverse, empowered and collaborative teams.”
With sales of around 6 billion US dollars (5 billion euros) in 2019, North America accounts for 26 percent of the company's global sales. Most recently in September, Henkel purchased a 75 percent stake in Invincible Brands Holding, a D2C and social commerce specialist based in Berlin, and owner of beauty and personal care brands HelloBody, Banana Beauty and Mermaid+Me.
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