as a next step The Hempels In its growth journey, Hempel welcomed Emily Barriau as Chief Technology Officer, a new position in the executive group management.

Innovation is a key enabler of Hempel’s Double Impact strategy, and this new appointment ensures that innovation is featured more prominently at the highest levels of the organization. The new Technology Executive Vice President area includes R&D, Procurement and Sustainability.

Barriau is an internationally experienced senior innovation executive who spent 15 years with Henkel Adhesives Technologies, where she served the transportation, metals and electronics industries in various global roles. In 2021, Barriau joined Ecolab, where she is leading the research, development and engineering organization across various businesses in Europe and IMEA.

“This change reflects our commitment to stay ahead of the curve and deliver unrivalled value to our customers,” said Group President and CEO Michael Hansen. “By elevating the role of innovation in our executive leadership, we aim to foster a culture where creative thinking and groundbreaking ideas thrive, ultimately driving us towards delivering on our strategy, particularly within technology and sustainability leadership.”

“I am very excited to welcome Emily to Hempel,” said Hansen. “Her ability to connect with others, combined with her strong business acumen and unwavering focus on customers, make me believe she is a perfect fit for Hempel.”

“I am excited to join Hempel as Chief Technology Officer to advance the mission of innovation across the organization, uniting R&D, sustainability and procurement to accelerate our path to impactful sustainable solutions in collaboration with our customers, suppliers and partners,” said Barriau. “By unleashing this potential, I see tremendous opportunities for Hempel’s innovation to lead with differentiated technologies and create greater value 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.”


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