Dr. Thomas Förster is responsible for the Global R&D of Henkel Beauty Care. He was appointed Corporate Vice President R&D in 2003, after a 3-years job rotation program in different functions in Henkel Beauty Care. After studying chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin and getting his Ph. D., he started his career at Henkel in 1986 in the Corporate Research Department, where he gained various experiences in innovations when dealing with R&D projects in Oilfield&Mining, Detergents, Care Chemicals, Cosmetics, and establishing a Biological Research Platform.
He was honored with several Innovation Awards and is author of numerous patents on Emulsions, Skin and Hair Cosmetics. He has published numerous scientific articles and is editor of "Cosmetic Lipids and the Skin Barrier".
He is Member of the Board of the European cosmetics association Cosmetics Europe, the German test institute Stiftung Warentest and DWI Institute at the RWTH Aachen.