Full Name
Dirk Holbach
Job Title
Corporate SVP & Chief Supply Chain Officer
Speaker Bio
Dr. Dirk Holbach , with almost 25 years of experience in Supply Chain, Operations, Purchasing and Sales, Dr. Holbach has held various roles on a local, regional and global level at Henkel in the different business areas. After finishing his master degree he started 1996 in Corporate Purchasing followed by assignments in Germany. Having finished his Ph.D. during a sabbatical period he moved 2002 to Mexico integrating two newly acquired businesses. Thereafter he returned to the headquarter being in charge of global purchasing for the Laundry & Home Care business for several years until 2007. Dr. Holbach took over thereafter the global supply chain steering for the Laundry & Home Care business, and few years later the global responsibility for manufacturing operations. Since 2014 he successfully leads the entire Supply Chain & Operations unit for the Laundry & Home care division.

His key contributions have been in the areas of supply chain strategy and organization development, network optimization, post-merger integrations and recently the digital transformation of the organisation. In that context the BU Supply Chain was recognised by the World Economic Forum as one of 14 digital E2E lighthouses globally in the field of advanced manufacturing / industry 4.0.

Dr. Holbach holds a Master's degree in Business and Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Information Science.

Married with a Mexican, 3 kids of 12, 10, 10; enjoying life since 5 years in beautiful Netherlands, where Henkel‘s Global Supply Chain HQ is located; leisure time favourites: biking, rowing, a bit of sailing, and family time.
Dirk Holbach