A sumptuous breakfast is a perfect start into the day of a student, but extremely unusual if it is taken with two board members of a leading corporation on the university campus. This unique opportunity opened up for 12 students on Thursday, 23rd of November 2017. Kathrin Menges, Executive Vice President Human Resources (CHRO), and Carsten Knobel, Executive Vice President Finance (CFO), Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, had invited highly motivated students of the programs Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration as well as the doctoral program. In a lively exchange with the participants, Kathrin Menges and Carsten Knobel did not only give insights into Henkel's strategy and current challenges in the consumer goods market, digitilization, career opportunites and many other topics, but also shared their personal experiences.
The participants were very impressed by this get-together that stood out against the usual company events held on the campus:
“The brunch has been a great opportunity to gain insights into the very diverse world of Henkel. Kathrin Menges and Carsten Knobel shared really exciting stories and facts with us, which made this brunch to a memorable event!” (Teresa Scholz, BSc 2017)
“The Henkel brunch really surpassed my expectations. In a pleasant atmosphere, Carsten Knobel and Kathrin Menges shared intriguing insights about Henkel’s operations, culture, challenges and achievements. The two really took their time to answer all our questions in an open, detailed and knowledgeable manner which left me impressed.“ (Niklas Bitter, MSc 2017)
“It has been a great pleasure to have participated in the brunch! Ms. Menges and Mr. Knobel shared their candid opinion on various topics ranging from Henkel's integration program for refugees to Henkel's overarching strategies towards China in terms of both sales market and supplier market. The get-together was enjoyable and informative!” (Jiachun Lu, doctoral student)
"From Henkel’s history to future digital products – an exciting exchange with two humorous and passionate top managers who are not afraid of sharing personal stories on failure and change!” (Nicolás Wiedemann, doctoral student)