Ton Büchner

Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of Management and the Executive Committee (1965)

Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of Management and the Executive Committee Ton Büchner

Ton was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of Management and the Executive Committee in 2012.

Ton is a Dutch national born in 1965. Prior to joining AkzoNobel, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sulzer Corporation. Sulzer is one of Switzerland’s leading publically-quoted, global industrial corporations, and employs over 16,000 people.

Ton is an engineer by training, having earned his Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He also has a Master of Business Administration from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and attended the Stanford Executive Program in Palo Alto, California, USA.

Ton’s early career was spent in the oil and gas construction industry, involving roles at Allseas Engineering in Europe and AkerKvaerner in Southeast Asia before joining Sulzer in 1994. He worked in a range of Sulzer operations until his appointment to the executive committee, as a divisional president, in 2001. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Sulzer in 2007 and held this position until he joined AkzoNobel.

Ton has lived and worked in The Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Switzerland and the USA.