Werner is advisor to Mr. Lafley, leading the reorganization of global operations.
Vice Chairman and Advisor to the CEO
A native of Germany, Werner spent 2 years with the German Air Force before graduating with an MBA from the University of Cologne. He joined Procter & Gamble in 1979 as Brand Assistant in the Marketing department. During his 30 years with the Company, Werner has lived and worked in Frankfurt, Germany; Rotterdam, Holland; Santa Monica, USA; Istanbul, Turkey; Kobe, Japan; Geneva, Switzerland; and in Cincinnati, USA since mid-2007.
He has held positions of increasing responsibility in Brand and General Management and worked in several of our categories including Household Care, Cosmetics and Fragrances, Baby Care, Tissue Towels, and Hair Care. He has led operations in Germany; Turkey/Caucasian and Central Asian Republics; Northeast Asia/Japan; and Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has helped integrate several acquired businesses during his career.
He regularly engages in the communities in which he has lived and holds an honorary doctorate from the International University in Geneva, as well as an honorary ambassadorship from Hyogo Prefecture and Kobe City, Japan for which he developed a marketing strategy to attract more foreign direct investments. He serves on the Executive Board of Lausanne-based IMD, the leading global institution for senior management education.