“A successful career is not something that can be left to chance – it has to be pursued with determination and dedication.”
|Business Unit:||Human Resources|
|Job title:||Executive Vice President Human Resources|
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Right from an early age, I wanted to be a teacher. It is a sort of tradition in our family. And I pursued this ambition right through to completion of my teacher training. Even though I then changed track, there are certain parallels between my work today and my initial training. I am extensively and predominantly involved with people, their further development and their potential.
What has motivated you to take on a position of high responsibility within Henkel?
First, let me say that I very much enjoy my work at Henkel. I have always gladly accepted responsibility and regard it as a great opportunity to shape things and make them happen. However, I am also aware of the challenges and obligations inherent in my remit. These I take very seriously and I will be endeavoring to contribute to the company’s success in all that I undertake and can personally achieve.
What were the milestones in your career and are there people or circumstances that have favored your career?
I made an important decision right at the start of my career: I moved away from teaching as a profession and entered the world of personnel management. Looking back, this was definitely the right thing for me to do. There are many people who have helped and supported me in the course of my career, including in particular my superiors. It is very important to develop a network around oneself. However, my family has also been very supportive of my professional development.
What is your advice to women seeking to build careers?
People – whether male or female – should realize that the development of their career is largely in their own hands. The most important aspect in this regard is their performance. No company is going to promote a woman to a top managerial position who has yet to exhibit the necessary level of performance. A successful career is not something that can be left to chance – it has to be pursued with determination and dedication. Courage, commitment and openness are especially important. Many of the young women I meet have the self-confidence and focus required to succeed, and I can only encourage each and every one of them to grab with both hands the opportunities that come their way.