Henkel Chairman in leadership role at VCI
Hans Van Bylen is the new VCI President
The general assembly of the German chemical industry association (VCI) in Ludwigshafen elected Hans Van Bylen as the new VCI President, succeeding Kurt Bock. Hans Van Bylen is the Chairman of the Management Board of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf. He has been on the VCI Board since autumn 2016 as Vice-President. The two-year term in office as new president starts on September 28, 2018 and lasts until the general assembly 2020, according to the VCI statutes.
Van Bylen commented on his election: “Chemistry is an industry of the future. Without the chemical industry, there is no technological progress. I would like to focus our work at the VCI on that core message: Chemistry is the future! Innovative, digital and responsible. Our most important objective at the VCI is to create a strong and successful future for the chemical industry in Germany. Supporting innovation, driving forward digitalization, acting responsibly. Together with the Board of the VCI and all members, I would like to focus on these three major topics.”
He added: “There are many challenges we are facing in our markets, in the environment and in politics. That is why we have to take the right steps to shape a successful future of the chemical industry today. In a highly competitive global business environment, we need attractive market conditions for our industry in Germany. These include, for example, a competitive energy policy, more incentives for research and development, and free trade with open markets, fair competition and a reliable framework. In the coming years, one of the VCI’s priorities will be to further enhance the chemical industry’s global competitiveness and ability to innovate – so that we can continue to make our contributions to economic prosperity and sustainable progress.”
Furthermore, the general assembly elected the VCI Vice-Presidents:
- Werner Baumann, Bayer AG and Martin Brudermüller, BASF SE.
The following members of the VCI Presidential Council were elected or reelected:
- Hubertus von Baumbach, C.H. Boehringer Sohn AG & Co. KG,
- Ralf Brinkmann, Dow Deutschland Inc.,
- Stefan Oschmann, Merck KGaA,
- Rudolf Staudigl, Wacker Chemie AG,
- Markus Steilemann, Covestro AG,
- Matthias Zachert, LANXESS AG.
You will find a curriculum vitae of Hans Van Bylen as well as two photos in high resolution in the download section at the top of this page.
The VCI represents the politico-economic interests of around 1,700 German chemical companies and German subsidiaries of foreign businesses. For this purpose, the VCI is in contact with politicians, public authorities, other industries, science and media.The VCI stands for over 90 percent of the chemical industry in Germany. In 2017 the German chemical industry realised sales of more than 195 billion euros and employed around 453,000 staff.