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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.

About Gesa

Gesa Geissel joined Henkel in 2006 and built her broad experience in various national and international positions in strategic Marketing and Category Management in Germany and China. In her last role she was part of the global Digital Marketing team for Beauty Care, where she was responsible with
her team for all aspects of digital content & campaigns including Social Media and Influencer Marketing. Gesa graduated from the University of Münster with focus on Business Administration, Marketing and Controlling and also studied at the University of Sydney.

About Thomas

Thomas joined Henkel´s Laundry & Home Care division in 1993 and started his career in Marketing and Sales on assignments in Germany and Spain. He had a number of international roles including International Market Director for Middle East & North Africa, International Innovation Director and Market.
Director Asia/Pacific. In his role as Global Business Development Director he gained a lot of expertise and broad experience in Merger & Acquisition, M&A integration and management of strategic collaborations. Thomas has graduated in Business Administration from University of Saarbruecken and also holds an MBA in International Management.

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. 

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