Christian Kullmann nominated as successor

Hans Van Bylen remains VCI President until the end of March 2020

03. December 2019 | Pressemitteilung

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Hans Van Bylen, incumbent president of the German chemical industry association Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI), will step down as CEO of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA at the end of this year while remaining at the VCI’s helm until an extraordinary general assembly on 25 March 2020. This is the decision of the VCI presidential council.

Hans Van Bylen remains president of the German chemical industry association VCI until the end of March 2020. - Photo: © VCI/Döring
Hans Van Bylen remains president of the German chemical industry association VCI until the end of March 2020. - Photo: © VCI/Döring

Also, the VCI presidential council has nominated Christian Kullmann (chairman of the executive board of Evonik Industries) as the candidate for the succession of Van Bylen. Kullmann has been vice-president of the VCI board since september 2017. He also chairs the industry’s initiative Chemistry in Dialogue.

The future VCI president will be elected at the regular VCI committee meetings in Berlin. The new president’s term in office starts the day following his election.


The VCI represents the politico-economic interests of over 1,700 German chemical and pharmaceutical companies and German subsidiaries of foreign businesses in contacts with politicians, public authorities, other industries, science and media. In 2020, the industry realised sales of nearly 190 billion euros and employed around 464,000 staff.

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