Dusseldorf When Carsten Knobel involves his coronary heart matter, he leaves his place behind the lectern. He steps apart, the digital camera reveals the CEO of the buyer items and adhesives group Henkel on the digital common assembly on Wednesday in full measurement. Knobel says with a critical voice that he needs to drive a cultural change within the firm in direction of a tradition of cooperation.
There are new administration ideas, the liberty of the workers ought to be elevated. Time and again the 51-year-old drops vocabulary as if collectively, group and delight. The sign is evident: it is about us. Knobel, who has been CEO of Henkel because the starting of 2020, needs to vary some issues within the group, which employs round 52,000 individuals.
A sign that the Dax group from Düsseldorf wants. His predecessor, Hans Van Bylen, left the corporate on the finish of 2019. Fortunately, as some observers say. Van Bylen had labored there for 35 years, since 2016 as CEO, then he ought to go. Underneath his aegis, the share worth fell sharply: it fell by a 3rd inside two years. As we speak it’s just below 85 euros.
So now it is the brainchild that the Henkel household depends on. He’s supposed to construct on the wonderful occasions of his predecessor Kasper Rorsted. This had as soon as delighted prospects and analysts alike.
Simone Bagel-Trah, chairman of the supervisory board and chairman of the group’s shareholders’ committee, stated she was satisfied that she had discovered a wonderful successor in Knobel on the opening of the overall assembly. Bagel-Trah and the remainder of the Henkel household management the corporate with round 61 %.
New dialogue tradition at Henkel
Knobel will proceed to develop the corporate “sustainably efficiently”, stated the 51-year-old. A serious process for the brand new CEO, who has been with Henkel for 25 years, most just lately eight years as CFO of the household firm.
His predecessor Rorsted had as soon as hoisted him to this put up. One of the best promotion he ever did at Henkel is quoted because the Danish Rorsted. However Knobel was additionally important on Wednesday. Prior to now, discussions inside the group had been too typically lowered to simply “stick with it”, he stated. “I need to change that.”
The supervisor needs to deliver a couple of change within the company tradition and make himself accessible. However he additionally needs to persuade analysts and buyers and reveal energy in return. Shut and robust – that is what Knobel needs to be.
The situations are good. The household man – his youngsters are youngsters – are thought of environment friendly and structured. He accomplished two levels, one in enterprise administration and one in technical chemistry, and all in lower than 9 semesters.
No job cuts regardless of Corona
His first common job took him to Henkel in Düsseldorf. There the administration turned conscious of him early on. Ulrich Lehner, CEO of Henkel till 2008, is one among his supporters. On the AGM, Knobel made it clear the place the journey with him on the prime of the group ought to go.
First, nevertheless, he has to combat the financial penalties of the corona disaster. These would additionally influence the second quarter, he conceded. There was no short-time working within the first quarter of the group, which has an annual turnover of round 20 billion euros. Knobel: “We do not need to minimize any jobs due to the corona disaster. We presently see no cause for that. “
Shareholder representatives put strain on the brand new Henkel boss. “The brand new administration has to indicate that it might probably make up for misplaced floor,” stated Deka consultant Ingo Speich. Jella Benner-Heinacher of the DSW shareholders’ affiliation made an identical assertion: Knobel should regain misplaced belief amongst buyers.
On the annual common assembly, Knobel outlined the brand new technique with which he intends to strengthen the producer of manufacturers equivalent to Persil, Pritt and Schwarzkopf. The portfolio within the client space is to be lowered by promoting companies with a turnover of 500 million euros.
As well as, the subjects of innovation, sustainability and digitization ought to play a larger position than earlier than. Henkel needs to streamline enterprise processes. And – that, to start with, stands out: The staff ought to be extra concerned and motivated.
Mhonor: Steadiness sheet verify – the strain on Henkel’s return is growing.