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Hempel appoints Barriau as Chief Technology Officer

Hempel has announced that it has hired Emilie Barriau as Chief Technology Officer, a new position within Executive Group Management, with a special focus on innovation. The new Technology Executive Vice President area spans R&D, Procurement and Sustainability and serves as mutually reinforcing powerhouses of innovation.

Barriau is an internationally experienced senior innovation manager who spent 15 years at Henkel Adhesives Technologies, where he served the transportation, metals and electronics industries in various global roles. In 2021, Emilie joined Ecolab, where she leads the Research, Development & Engineering organization for the various companies in Europe and IMEA. Emilie is of French descent. During her studies and career she lived in France, Great Britain, the US and Germany, where she is currently based. She has a Ph.D. in polymer chemistry from the University of Mainz, Germany. As part of her tenure at Henkel, she was expatriated to the US for a period of three years. Emilie will move to Denmark in the coming months.

“This shift reflects our commitment to staying ahead and delivering unparalleled value to our customers,” said Michael Hansen, Group President & CEO. “By increasing the role of innovation in our executive leadership, we want to foster a culture where creative thinking and breakthrough ideas thrive, ultimately driving us to deliver on our strategy, especially in technology and sustainability leadership .”

“I am very excited to welcome Emilie to Hempel,” added Hansen. “With her ability to connect with others, as well as her strong business acumen and unwavering customer focus, I think she is a great fit for Hempel.”

“I am excited to join Hempel as Chief Technology Officer to take the organization’s mission of innovation to the next level, uniting R&D, Sustainability and Procurement to accelerate our path to impactful sustainable solutions, together with our customers, suppliers and partners,” said Barriau. “By unlocking this potential, I see great opportunity for Hempel’s innovation to create greater value and lead with differentiated technologies, not only for our customers, but also for the coatings industry as a whole. Ultimately, our investments in this area will create a more sustainable world.”