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Carola Albornoz

“To achieve success, we need to address them and find a solution.”


Business Unit: Adhesives Technologies
Division: Consumer Adhesives
Job title: Engineering and maintenance manager




Question 1

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a child, I never thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up. I thought I did not have the maturity to decide. I was clear about wanting to study in college after leaving school, which was very important to financial independence. When I was a teenager, I thought about this and realized I had many skills in the sciences – I was always teaching these subjects to my classmates. I also realized that I loved the arts, and participated in competitions in oil painting, etc. I had to choose between the two directions. I decided that art was a hobby, and I developed my scientific skills. I learned of various careers in college and chose civil chemistry engineering

Question 2

What has motivated you to take on a position of high responsibility within Henkel?

No doubt that being part of a globally leading company is enough motivation for anyone. This company has a strategic plan to maintain leadership that results in implementation and improvements in processes. Participating in this development – fromChile– and being part of working teams constantly in search of improvements constitutes a challenge that gives me extra motivation.

Question 3

What were the milestones in your career and are there people or circumstances that have favored your career?

I think there has been one major milestone in my career: leading the development and commissioning of a chemical plant, including the setup of offices, warehouses and productive processes to generate 5,800 tons of consumer adhesives annually. This opportunity came in the year 2004, when we began to realize that Henkel Chile’s plant was very old, divided between two different sites and needed an upgrade to meet new safety and environmental regulations. Henkel decided to buy a new plant, so we have to remodel and incorporate all the activities we had in those sites into one.

This project filled me with energy and enthusiasm, because it gave me the opportunity to participate in the development of a chemical plant, which involved working with and learning from other fields of engineering – mechanical, electrical, civil works, etc. – and learning about key strategic and support processes at Henkel, things I needed to know for the project. It also allowed me to use my ability to manage and coordinate with other areas of the company all requests for inclusion in the project, and to learn the importance of service quality. Just when I thought this was the last major change, in 2007 Henkel acquired a new internationally operating chemical plant. We headed the project of integrating this facility into the Henkel Pudahuel plant, which meant moving a chemical plant that produces 8,600 tons of industrial consumer product annually.

Personally, I think the qualities that have enabled me to build a career – enthusiasm, energy, perseverance, dedication and respect for other people – are values I have learned from my mother. These are essential requirements when it comes to leading projects that involve many hours of teamwork.

Question 4

What is your advice to women seeking to build careers?

I think life is full of challenges with different degrees of difficulty. To achieve success, we need to address them and find a solution. Sometimes, something becomes more difficult than planned or ends up being easier than previously estimated. My professional philosophy of life is to be highly structured and task-oriented, with a strong drive, and to face opportunities and difficulties head on.

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