Henkel KGaA

New organizational structure in the Henkel Group
Henkel to focus on "Brands & Technologies"

    Düsseldorf (ots) -
    
    Following the sale of Cognis, Henkel will focus more strongly on
its branded consumer products and industrial systems and service
businesses. This organizational restructuring includes personnel
changes at the Henkel Management Board effective January 1, 2002.
    
    In addition to the already existing business sectors Laundry &
Home Care and Cosmetics/Toiletries Henkel will establish a third
branded consumer products business sector "Consumer Adhesives" . This
new business sector and the consequent separation of the branded
consumer products and industrial systems and service businesses will
strengthen Henkel's market position in the branded consumer products
business. Effective January 1, 2002, the new business sector will be
headed by Alois Linder (54), currently Managing Director of Henkel
Ibérica, who will then become a member of the Henkel Management
Board.
    
    Industrial Adhesives, Engineering Adhesives and Surface
Technologies will also be regrouped in a new business sector -
"Henkel Technologies". This business sector will  be headed by Guido
De Keersmaecker (58), currently Executive Vice President Adhesives.
The consolidation of all industrial systems and service businesses in
one business sector will create synergistic effects within the
Company and enable Henkel to serve the markets in a more focused way.
    
    Dr. Roland Schulz (60), Executive Vice President Industrial and
Institutional Hygiene/Surface Technologies/Human Resources, will
retire on December 31, 2001 after 30 years of outstanding service for
the Company. Effective January 1, 2002, Knut Weinke (58) will become
new Executive Vice President. He will be responsible for Human
Resources in the Management Board, alongside his current Logistics
function.
    
    Henkel is a worldwide operating specialist in consumer products
and industrial service and systems businesses with affiliates in over
75 countries. The Company is the market leader in Adhesives, Surface
Technologies and Industrial and Institutional Hygiene (jointly with
Ecolab Inc.) on a worldwide scale. In Laundry & Home Care and in
Cosmetics/Toiletries, Henkel holds a leading position in Europe.
Cognis, the carved-out chemicals business, is the world's leading
producer of oleochemicals. With 60,475 employees, Henkel generated
sales of US $ 11.8 billion in 2000.
    
    Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release
represent our best judgement as to what will occur in the future. The
Company's actual results could differ materially from those contained
herein and will depend on a number of competitive and economic
factors, some of which will be outside the control of the Company.
Notwithstanding any legal obligation to correct forward-looking
statements, the Company does not intend to continuously update any
and all of the forward-looking statements.
    
ots Originaltext: Henkel
Internet: www.newsaktuell.ch
    
Contact:
Henkel Group
Corporate Communications
Ernst Primosch
Vice President
Tel. +49 211 797 3533
Fax +49 211 798 2484
e-mail: ernst.primosch@henkel.com
Internet: www.henkel.com
    
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