Henkel has appointed Simon Duggan-Hill as its new managing director for the UK and Ireland, replacing Kim Walker who retired last November.
Mr Duggan-Hill will assume full responsibility for the role in April from Edu Hartog, a member of Henkel's European management team, who currently heads up the UK business during this transition period.
Simon Duggan-Hill joins Henkel from a 10-year career with cigar manufacturer Swedish Match.
"The way we adapt and manage our business through this recessionary period will be the key to our longer-term success. As a leading supplier to the industry, we will work even harder with our customers to support their businesses during this difficult time" he said.