Hans-Dietrich Winkhaus served as the Chief Executive Officer of Henkel, a leading German specialty chemicals group, where he spent the majority of his career.
Since becoming a Senior Advisor to Rhône in 2003, Mr. Winkhaus has been closely involved with many investments in the chemicals, materials and minerals sectors and has contributed to expanding Rhône’s relationship network in Germany. He has served on the Board of Directors of several Rhône portfolio companies, including Almatis and LWB (where he was Chairman) and Orion Engineered Carbons.
Mr. Winkhaus also served as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schwarz Pharma AG and Deutsche Telekom AG. He served as member of Supervisory Board of Lufthansa, BMW and ERGO Insurance. He was also elected President of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research. Mr. Winkhaus graduated in Business Studies from the University of Munich.