Jens-Martin Schwärzler (54) has been appointed to the Henkel Management Board effective November 1, 2017. As member of the Management Board, he will be responsible for Henkel Beauty Care. He will succeed Pascal Houdayer (48), who will leave the Management Board at the same time to pursue other interests. Most recently, Mr Schwärzler was Corporate Senior Vice President and responsible for Henkel’s Consumer Goods Business in North America.
“Jens-Martin Schwärzler has broad international experience and deep understanding of our Beauty Care business,” said Henkel CEO Hans Van Bylen. “We would like to thank Pascal Houdayer for his commitment and valuable contributions to our Home Care and subsequently to our Beauty Care business. We wish him all the best and success for his future career.”
Jens-Martin Schwärzler joined Henkel in 1992. Since the beginning of 2015, he has been responsible for the Henkel Consumer Goods Business in North America. Under his leadership, Henkel successfully launched leading brands like Persil or Schwarzkopf in the North American market.
Following the acquisition of Sun Products Corporation in 2016, he led the integration process as well as the relocation of Henkel’s Laundry & Home Care business and the Beauty Care business to a new combined site in Stamford, Connecticut, at the US East coast. Between 2008 and 2014, he was responsible for the global marketing of Body, Skin and Oral Care in the Beauty Care business unit. In addition, he was responsible for the Cosmetic Retail Business in Western Europe as well as International Sales at Beauty Care. Prior to that, he held various leadership positions within the Laundry & Home Care business unit. He holds a master degree in economics from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim.
In fiscal 2016, Henkel Beauty Care generated sales of around 3.8 billion euros and an adjusted operating profit of 647 million euros. The Beauty Care portfolio includes hair cosmetic products for consumers and professional hairdressers as well as well-known body, skin and oral care brands. Amongst the biggest and most successful Beauty Care brands are Schwarzkopf, Dial and Syoss.
With the recent acquisition of Shiseido’s North American professional hair care business, Henkel is on its path to the top of the leaderboard in the global salon hair care industry. According to data from Kline’s Salon Hair Care Global Series, this plus its earlier 2017 acquisition of Pravana will nearly double Henkel’s share in North America from 7.7% to 13.6%, ahead of Coty’s 11.1% and ELC’s 8.1%.