AkzoNobel NV
amsterdam : AKZA

August 02, 2011 02:16 ET

AkzoNobel Strengthens Leadership in Key Markets

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Aug 2, 2011) - In line with the company's growth ambition and the recent announcement to drive global performance improvement measures, AkzoNobel has announced country leadership and several business unit appointments.

  * Lin Liangqi has been appointed President AkzoNobel China, in addition
    to his role as Managing Director of Decorative Paints China and North
    Asia.

  * Jaap de Jong, previously a Principal at McKinsey & Company, has been
    appointed Regional Director Latin America and President AkzoNobel
    Brazil.

  * Amit Jain remains Group Managing Director for India, in addition to his
    role as Managing Director of Decorative Paints India and South Asia.

The appointment of the country leaders coincides with several leadership changes within the company's businesses.

  * Bob Taylor, currently Managing Director of AkzoNobel Marine and
    Protective Coatings (M&PC), will become Managing Director of Decorative
    Paints North America.

  * Rob Molenaar will move from AkzoNobel Powder Coatings to become the new
    Managing Director of M&PC.

  * AB Ghosh, currently Director of the Automotive and Aerospace Coatings
    Americas business, will succeed Rob Molenaar as Managing Director
    Powder Coatings.

"These appointments strengthen the company's senior leadership in key markets. The leadership changes will capture growth and business opportunities, and will help drive a common agenda across AkzoNobel," said Marjan Oudeman, AkzoNobel's Executive Committee member responsible for Organizational Development and HR.

AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are a Global Fortune 500 company and are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today™.

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