Kasper Rørsted looks back fondly on the World Economic Forum in Davos, the who’s who of the global business world. It was a chance encounter at this annual gathering in the Swiss Alps that led to a dramatic turn in Mr. Rørsted’s career.
Here, in 2004, he met Jochen Krautter, then the chief executive of Henkel, the German conglomerate that makes everything from cleaning agents and cosmetics to industrial-grade adhesives.
Mr. Rørsted, a Danish citizen who at the time worked for Hewlett-Packard and had already spent many years in Germany, said his knowledge of Henkel at the time was limited to seeing its consumer products on the shelves. He didn’t really know anything about the business.