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Meet Adam Warren, Shaping the Future of Innovation & Representation

For Adam Warren, Vice President of Product Development for Henkel Consumer Brands North America, being a pioneer for good is about leading with conviction, inspiring future innovators, and advocating for equitable representation.

Meet Adam Warren, Shaping the Future of Innovation & Representation

For Adam Warren, Vice President of Product Development for Henkel Consumer Brands North America, being a pioneer for good is about leading with conviction, inspiring future innovators, and advocating for equitable representation.

Published 03-01-24

Submitted by Henkel

Adam Warren. On the left "Pioneers for Good".

Our purpose is what unites us at Henkel North America: Pioneers at heart for the good of generations. Our pioneering spirit is reflective of the diverse backgrounds, experiences and talents of our employees and partners. They dare to make an impact on the world by collaborating to tackle challenges, find solutions and open new perspectives.

Their contributions allow us to deliver products, services and innovations that enrich and improve everyday life. We invite you to “meet” our pioneers in our series, “Pioneers for Good.”

Adam has been a part of the Henkel family and Research & Development (R&D) organization since 2013. He is an inspirational leader that oversees the team responsible for driving innovation and product formulation for Henkel Consumer Brands including all®, Persil®, Purex®, Snuggle®, and Dial®.

From identifying new trends to working with emerging technologies that put Henkel at the forefront of innovation, Adam is dedicated to encouraging his team to take risks in their work. Innovation drives Adam professionally, but he is also committed to paving the way for future generations and pushing for increased representation in leadership.

“I came to Henkel through an acquisition, but I stayed because it’s an amazing place to work and I absolutely love it.” He credits Henkel for providing continuous opportunities to grow and do the work he loves while impacting the daily lives and routines of consumers. “For me it’s always been a passion of mine to improve the lives of consumers and I get to live that passion every day.”

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Adam Warren (third from left) with 2023 Patent Award Recipients celebrating 30 new patents awarded for our North America laundry products.

Driving Innovation at the Heart of Henkel

According to Adam, innovation is the fundamental reason his team exists. “We create the future,” is the mantra at the core of his research and development team’s purpose and at the forefront of what inspires their work.

They create the future, armed with consumer trends and research and an intentional pursuit to be bold in thinking about how to reinvent our products and technologies to create something new. There is a unique vulnerability about being bold, it can trigger a fear of failure while being a pillar of success. Failures happen – it’s part of the creative process, but Adam believes that creating an environment that encourages bold creativity and pushing boundaries ensures that the overall process moves toward the success of the team.

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Adam Warren presenting at Henkel’s Global R&D Ignite Conference in Frankfurt, Germany in October 2023.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators

Like his work, Adam is innovative in the ways he supports and advocates to increase representation. Mentorship is one tool to do this. As a former INROADS intern himself, he knows the value of having mentors who invest the time to advise and guide the next generations. “I have had a diverse set of mentors throughout my career for different needs from developing technical skills, navigating workplace culture, and shaping a career path.” And he pays it forward through being a mentor and sponsoring Inroads interns in R&D.

He always finds a way to say ‘yes’ to opportunities to give back and lend his voice to conversations tied to his core values of community, culture, and DEI. Adam understands the importance of being able to physically and culturally identify with leaders and is part of the work to increase equitable representation.

I believe in the fact that representation matters. When people can see a version of themselves on leadership panels and speaking engagements, it helps them to better visualize their career opportunities.

Adam Warren, Vice President of Product Development for Henkel Consumer Brands North America

Adam believes leaders need to bring their own personal brand of authenticity to the workplace and to their teams. His personal brand of authenticity is anchored in integrity and leading with conviction. It is not only a governing principle in his life but how he intentionally shows up for his team and work at Henkel.

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Adam joined colleagues at Henkel to engage in a panel discussion to share insights on authentic leadership, courageous conversations, mentorship and heroes in Black History.


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Adam (second from left) joined fund-raising efforts for the Alzheimer’s Association led by his team member, Napaporn Slattery (fourth from right).


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About Henkel in North America
In North America, Henkel operates across its three business units: Adhesive Technologies, Beauty Care, and Laundry & Home Care. Its portfolio of well-known consumer and industrial brands includes Schwarzkopf® hair care, Dial® soaps, Right Guard® antiperspirants, Persil®, Purex®, and all® laundry detergents, Snuggle® fabric softeners as well as Loctite®, Technomelt® and Bonderite® adhesives. With sales of around 6 billion US dollars (5 billion euros) in 2019, North America accounts for 26 percent of the company’s global sales. Henkel employs approximately 9,000 people across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit, and on Twitter @Henkel_NA.

About Henkel
Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the global leader in the adhesives market – across all industry segments worldwide. In its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care businesses, Henkel holds leading positions in many markets and categories around the world. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. In 2019, Henkel reported sales of more than 20 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of more than 3.2 billion euros. Henkel employs more than 52,000 people globally – a passionate and highly diverse team, united by a strong company culture, a common purpose to create sustainable value, and shared values. As a recognized leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international indices and rankings. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. For more information, please visit

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