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Company: adidas AG
Fields of operation: Business (non digital), Professional Service
Kasper Rorsted was born in Aarhus, Denmark on February 24, 1962. He studied Economics in Copenhagen, Denmark and completed his studies with several executive courses at Harvard Business School, USA. He started his career in sales and marketing at the US high-tech companies Digital Equipment and Oracle, the first having been acquired by Compaq in 1998. From 1995 Rorsted held different international management positions at Compaq and from 2001 was responsible as general manager for the company's Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) business. In 2002 Compaq was merged with Hewlett Packard. Before Rorsted left the company in 2004 he was Senior Vice President and General Manager at Hewlett Packard, where he last headed the EMEA business with more than 40,000 employees and sales of about 20 billion euros. In April 2005 Rorsted joined Henkel as Executive Vice President Human Resources, Purchasing, Information Technologies and Infrastructure Services. From April 2007 Rorsted was Vice Chairman of the Henkel Management Board. Since April 2008 he has been Chief Executive Officer of Henkel.