Chief Executive Officer (CEO),
Herbert Forker has been leading Siegwerk since his appointment on July 1, 1999. First he held the post of Managing Director at the Siegwerk Druckfarben GmbH & Co. KG and became CEO when the company changed its name to Siegwerk Druckfarben AG in 2002. After another name change in 2011 Forker is now CEO of Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA.
Forker was born in Munich on 30th April, 1957. After leaving school in Bergisch Gladbach and undergoing commercial training at Deutsche Bank AG in Cologne, he studied Business Administration at the European Business School in London and Paris.
In 1982, Forker launched his professional career at Beiersdorf AG in Hamburg. Here, until 1990, he held leading positions as Assistant to the Board of Directors and in Financial Control – including at Beiersdorf Tesa s.a. in Paris.
From 1990 to 1994, as sole director with Jobst GmbH in Emmerich (North Rhine Westphalia) and Jobst Ireland Ltd. in Thurles (Ireland), Forker was the head of two Beiersdorf subsidiaries. The company subsequently appointed him as Director of the Mexican Beiersdorf company in Mexico City.
In 1997, Forker became President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tesa Tape Inc. in the American city of Charlotte (North Carolina) for two and a half years before deciding to change company and return to Germany.
The Siegwerk CEO is active in numerous associations and special interest groups in the industry, and is a Member of the Board of CEPE (European Confederation of Paint, Printing Ink and Artists' Colors Manufacturers Associations).
Herbert Forker has three children.