New Head of Decorative at Hempel

Jul 6, 2023 | Featured Article, News

In an update to Hempel A/S’ Executive Group Management, Ana Henriques has been appointed as Executive Vice President, Head of Decorative as of 1 August 2023.

Henriques joins Hempel A/S from the position of Global Vice President, Head of Global Non-Alcoholic Business at AB InBev. She is a Brazilian national and will be relocating to Denmark from the US. She succeeds Joe Devitt, who has decided to retire after more than 30 years with Crown and Hempel.

An experienced international executive with close to 20 years’ experience in fast-moving consumer goods, Henriques led a cross-functional team in AB InBev’s non-alcoholic portfolio, a multi-billion dollar business that spans more than 60 global brands. Prior to her time with AB InBev, she has worked for PepsiCo in the United States and China.

“We are really pleased to be able to attract an experienced executive like Ana to the Hempel Group,” says Michael Hansen, Group President and CEO of Hempel A/S. “With her extensive experience in leading and growing brands globally, I am confident that Ana will add new perspectives to our decorative business and I am excited to welcome her to Hempel and the Executive Group Management.”

Henriques will head up Hempel’s largest customer segment, its €775 million decorative business, representing 36% of Hempel’s revenue. Hempel counts Farrow & Ball, Crown Paints, Wattyl, Renaulac and J.W. Ostendorf, among others, in its decorative brand portfolio.

“I am thrilled to join Hempel and embark on a journey of working with exceptional decorative brands, esteemed customers across trade and retail, as well as discerning consumers who in many cases are truly devoted to those brands,” says Henriques. “What truly sets Hempel apart is not just its remarkable market presence, but also its ownership by the Hempel Foundation that is dedicated to giving back to society. This unique aspect aligns closely with my personal values and provides a deep sense of purpose in our collective mission. Together, we will build upon Hempel’s legacy, driving innovation and sustainable solutions while making a positive impact on the communities we serve.”

Ana Henriques and Joe Devitt

Ana Henriques and Joe Devitt

Joe Devitt decided to retire after more than 30 years with Crown Paints and Hempel. “Joe has been a phenomenal colleague and he will be greatly missed in the Executive Group Management and throughout Hempel,” says Hansen. “As head of our decorative business, Joe has been instrumental to the segment’s growth over the years and the prosperous development of our strong decorative brands. We will make sure to celebrate his many achievements as we bid him a fond farewell by the end of August.”