Hans van Bylen 

Born on April 26, 1961, in Berchem, Belgium 
  • Nationality: Belgian
  • Independent consultant 
  • Former Chairman of the Management Board of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
  • Former President of Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V. (VCI)
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of LANXESS AG since 2020 (appointed until 2024)

Mr. Van Bylen studies business economics at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. He graduated with a Master in Business Economics and a Master in Business Administration. Mr. Van Bylen also completed various management programs (e.g. at Harvard Business School).

Mr. Van Bylen began his career in 1984 as Marketing and Sales Manager Benelux at Henkel. After focusing successfully on the business expansion in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the U.S. in various management positions, Mr. Van Bylen became a member of Henkel’s Management Board in 2005. For the next ten years, he served as Executive Vice President for the Beauty Care business. In May 2016, Mr. Van Bylen was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Henkel AG & Co. KgaA. He performed this role until his departure in December 2019. From September 2018 to March 2020, Mr. Van Bylen was President of Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V. (VCI).

Main activities in addition to the Supervisory Board appointment
Memberships in the following other statutory supervisory boards
  • LANXESS Deutschland GmbH

Memberships in the following comparable domestic and foreign controlling bodies
  • Ontex Group NV, Erembodegem (Aalst), Belgium (Chairman) (listed on the stock exchange)
  • Etex NV, Luchthaven Brussel Nationaal, Belgium (listed on the stock exchange)
  • SN Airholding NV, Brussel, Belgium
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