Beginning July 1, 2012, Carsten Knobel, corporate senior vice president and financial director of Henkel’s cosmetics and toiletries business, will succeed Lothar Steinebach as CFO of Henkel. Steinebach will retire the end of June 2012 after more than 30 years with Henkel in a number leadership positions and serving since 2003 on the company’s management board as executive vice president and CFO.
“We are pleased to name Carsten as a highly qualified and experienced successor to our CFO. This decision is testament to our strong talent pipeline and people development at Henkel. It is also in line with our tradition to decide timely on upcoming changes at the management board,” said Henkel CEO Kasper Rorsted.
Knobel graduated from the Technical University of Berlin, and began his career with Henkel in 1995 in R&D. From 1998 on, he held several management positions in the finance/controlling and international marketing departments, including handling the post-merger integration in the U.S. after the acquisition of Dial Corporation. In 2006 he took over responsibility for group strategy and corporate controlling, and since 2009, he has been the financial director for the cosmetics and toiletries business of Henkel.