Our Team

Paolo Bavaj

Adhesive Technologies

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About Paolo

Paolo joined Henkel in 2010 as Corporate Director Strategy and Business Development. In 2013, he became Head of New Business Development, being responsible for identifying and evaluating innovation opportunities through Foresight Management, Scouting, Start-up Screening, Venturing and Incubation.
He started his career at Celanese Chemicals in 1996 with responsibilities in Operations, New Business Development and R&D. He worked as a Sales Manager in the US, and ran the Emulsions Textile and Engineered Fabrics business in Europe as well as the global Glass Fiber business.
Paolo holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering.

Esther Kumpan-Bahrami

Beauty Care

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About Esther

Esther builds on over 15 years of experience in the FMCG business. Before joining Henkel Beauty Care in 2006 she was working for P&G and Coca Cola.
She held various positions across global, regional, local Marketing as well as Sales. In her last role she developed the e-commerce business for Henkel Beauty Care on global scale.
Esther graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration with focus on International Marketing and also studied at the ESADE/Barcelona.


Thomas Schuffenhauer

Laundry & Home Care

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About Thomas

Thomas joined Henkel in December 1999 and built his career in various national and international positions in strategic Marketing and Sales in Europe and North America.
Since 2015 he is leading the development of New Business for the division Laundry & Home Care.
Having been raised in an international context, Thomas graduated from the University of Mannheim in Business Administration with focus on Marketing and International Management. He took his first career steps in the pharmaceutical industry with Roche.

Robert Günther

Corporate Development

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About Robert

Robert joined the Corporate M&A department at Henkel in February 2015. In his role he gained significant experience with investments into start-ups in the Adhesive Technologies, Beauty Care and Laundry & Home Care space.
He has more than 9 years of international experience in corporate finance and investment management. Prior to his career at Henkel he worked for an investment holding and in investment banking.
Robert graduated from the HHL – Leipzig Graduate School of Management in Business Administration and holds a Ph.D. from the University of St. Gallen. 

Upcoming events

Sep 18-19 09.00 - 06.00 CET

Zürich, Switzerland

Emerald Investor Forum Fall 2017

Paolo Bavaj, Head of Corporate Venturing Adhesive Technologies at Henkel, will attend the Emerald Investor Forum Fall 2017.

Sep Aug 28-29 08.00 - 06.00 CET

Berlin, Germany

TRACKTS! Track & Trace redefined – Serialization Now!

Paolo Bavaj, Head of Corporate Venturing Adhesive Technologies at Henkel, will participate in the conference and be a part of the panel disucssion. He will speak on the topic 'Smart Packaging enabling the Internet of Things: Consumer - Product Interaction Through NFC Technology.'