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Henkel Appoints North American President

Chemical and goods manufacturer Henkel named Pernille Lind Olsen as its North American President to succeed Steven Essick, who retired.
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Germany-based chemical and goods manufacturer Henkel named Pernille Lind Olsen as its President of the North American region.

Lind Olsen succeeds Steven Essick who has retired after 27 years with the company. Henkel is known for manufacturing consumer brands including Persil, Purex, and all laundry detergents, and is in the industrial business for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings. Late last year, the company expanded its adhesives operations in North Carolina.

Lind Olsen will also serve as Corporate Senior Vice President of Adhesive Technologies Packaging and Consumer Goods, and as Regional Head of Adhesive Technologies in North America.

She is based at Henkel’s North America Adhesive Technologies headquarters in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

Before joining Henkel in January 2022 as Corporate Vice President of Adhesive Technologies leading the global Metals business, Lind Olsen was with the global coating supplier Hempel A/S for eight years where she held different roles as Group Product and Portfolio Director, and as Group Vice President South and East Asia, and most recently as Group Vice President Europe and Africa. In both regional roles she was a Member of Hempel’s Operational Management Board. Before that, she started her professional career at Novozymes and held different positions in local and global roles.

“Lind Olsen is well-positioned to lead Henkel North America with an entrepreneurial and strategic mindset, shaped by her significant global market knowledge and business development experiences,” Henkel officials said in a Aug. 16 news release. “Her background in leading diverse and high-performing teams will empower the Henkel North America teams to bring value to our customers and drive growth across industries and markets.”

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