Henkel KGaA

Kasper Rorsted new Chairman of Henkel's Management Board

Change in the Management Board as planned

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Düsseldorf (euro adhoc) - Effective the end of Henkel's 2008 Annual General Meeting,  Kasper  Rorsted  is the new Chairman of the Management Board. Having reached the  internally  agreed age of retirement, his predecessor, Ulrich  Lehner,  resigned  as  of  the   same date. Lehner was  appointed  Chairman  back  in  May  2000  and, with  a  brief interruption, had been with Henkel since 1981. He will, however, remain  closely associated with the company as a member of its Shareholders' Committee.

Kasper Rorsted is the new  Chairman  of  the  Henkel  Management   Board.  Henkel announced that the 46-year-old Dane was to be the successor of Ulrich Lehner  as Henkel Chairman back in December 2006. Having taken this decision  at  an  early stage, Henkel was able to continue the good tradition  of  providing  employees, customers, business partners and  participants  in  the  capital  markets  early planning security. For all stakeholders, this decision means a  high degree  of continuity in the areas of corporate culture, people management and  sustainable business development.

"Ulrich Lehner has been a major force in driving Henkel's internationality  and profitability. By realigning our focus to our brands and  technologies,  he  set the direction for the continuous successful development  of  Henkel,"  commented Albrecht  Woeste,   Chairman  of  both  the  Shareholders'  Committee    and    the Supervisory Board  at  Henkel,  in  thanking  the  departing   Chairman  for  the outstanding contribution he made to the company during his long  tenure.  Woeste went on: "I am sure that Kasper Rorsted will go on to add  further  chapters  to Henkel's success story."

Rorsted, who has been with Henkel since April 2005, will be the company's  first Chairman from outside the German-speaking area. He is also  the  first  Chairman of Henkel's newly constituted Management Board. Effective  the  end  of  today's Annual General Meeting, the newly founded Henkel  Management  AG  joined  Henkel KGaA as its sole personally liable partner.  Henkel  KGaA  will  in   the  future operate under the name of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA. The Management Board  of  Henkel Management AG comprises the same executives who made up  the  former  Management Board of the KGaA - with the  exception  of  Prof.  Dr.  Lehner  -  with  Kasper Rorsted as Chairman. Ulrich Lehner will hand over his office to  Kasper   Rorsted tonight at an evening function with 250 invited guests.

"I am very much looking  forward  to  the  tasks  ahead  of  me.   Henkel  is  an internationally successful company with strong,   well-known  brands,"  commented Kasper Rorsted. "I see it as my duty to  continue  driving  Henkel  forward  to success. This will mean continuously and consistently augmenting  our  many  and varied strengths. One of the main focal points for 2008 will be the   integration of the Adhesives and Electronic  Materials  businesses   acquired  from  National Starch."

Kasper Rorsted already has a  successful  career  behind  him,   having  occupied senior positions in the international managements   of  Digital,  Oracle,  Compaq and Hewlett Packard. Before joining the Henkel Management Board, he  was  Senior Vice President and General   Manager  at  Hewlett  Packard  responsible  for  the Europe, Middle   East  &  Africa  operation,  which  accounted  for  some  40,000 employees and annual sales of around  20  billion  euros.  When   Kasper  Rorsted joined the Henkel Management Board in April 2005, he assumed responsibility  for Human Resources, Purchasing, IT and Infrastructure Services.  In  January  2007, he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Management Board.

In addition to Danish, Rorsted also speaks English, German and   Swedish.  He  is married with four children.

For more than 130 years, Henkel has been a leader with brands  and   technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful. Henkel  operates  in three business areas - Home Care, Personal Care, and  Adhesives  Technologies  - and ranks among the   Fortune  Global  500  companies.  In  fiscal  2007,  Henkel generated sales of 13,074 million euros and operating profit  of  1,344   million euros. Our 58,000 employees worldwide are dedicated to fulfilling our  corporate claim, "A Brand like a Friend," and   ensuring  that  people  in  more  than  125 countries can trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.

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