The Henkel family business was founded in 1876. Today, with its historical headquarters in Düsseldorf, the detergent manufacturer Henkel has a market-leading position in over 120 nations and can proudly present itself as the European market leader not only in the detergent sector. The following is an excerpt from a presentation by Andreas Hartleb, which was held for economics students.
There is no direct path in a career.
“After the 10th grade I didn’t know what to do” Hartleb’s first words introducing himself, began his presentation. Today he is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Laundry and Home Care at Henkel and shows his path from his present perspective. When he completed his training to become a butcher, he knew one thing he didn’t want to do: be a butcher! That’s why he went back to college and finished his studies in physical education. Considering his career chances, Hartleb then started to study economics and business administration, showing that the direct path is not the only one in today’s world.
Purpose. Vision. Mission.
What does Henkel stand for? Hartleb implements measures at the company in various ways. There are many areas that need to be considered in any business. Henkel´s purpose is to create more sustainable value worldwide. In order to achieve this goal, there must be a vision to develop unique innovations and technologies. Thanks to a passionate team and its high focus, Henkel is regarded worldwide as one of the most trusted partners in relevant markets. Generally, for its customers, a brand stands for performance and convenience. According to Hartleb, this is what Henkel wants to stand for.