Regarding the recent announcement by Shiseido Company Ltd. ("Shiseido"), we would like to inform you accordingly that the Professional Business will be transferred to Henkel AG & Co. KGaA (headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, “Henkel”). Shiseido will retain 20% of Shiseido Professional Inc. (“SPI”), the future company which fuses the global professional headquarter and Japan local sales organization under one entity. The oversea business will be transferred to Henkel Group’s respective local organizations.
Also, our dedicated employees for professional business will at the same time transfer to Henkel’s local entities, while our key interest remains in protecting our people and their continued employment.
Shiseido further supports the future growth of Shiseido professional business with licensing agreement for continued brand usage of “Shiseido Professional” and strong collaboration with Henkel. Henkel operates globally in the beauty care business with focus on the professional hair business, a strong presence in Europe and USA and a clear growth ambition in Asia. For Shiseido Professional with key focus on Japan and Asia, Henkel is the right business partner who will enable to deliver greater value for all stakeholders.
Leveraging scale and strengthening R&D capabilities under Henkel will boost the competitive edge of Shiseido Professional brand in Asian markets, especially in Japan. For our valued customers and business partners, we would like to ensure that we continue to provide best quality products and services together with Henkel. We will maintain our operations and business relationship with you:
We are fully committed and looking forward to continuing our partnership and fostering the growth of our business together with you. We sincerely ask for your kind understanding and cooperation for the upcoming transition period which we are eager to conduct as smooth and as beneficial for all stakeholders involved.
Global Professional Business
Shiseido Co., Ltd.