CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management and the Executive Committee
Initial appointment 2012
Prior to joining AkzoNobel, Ton Büchner, a Dutch national, was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sulzer Corporation, a position he has held since 2007. Sulzer is one of Switzerland’s leading publically-quoted, global industrial corporations, which employs over 16,000 people.
Ton Büchner is an engineer by training having earned his Master of Science in Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. He also has a Masters of Business Administration from IMD in Lausanne and has attended the Stanford Executive Program in Palo Alto, California, USA.
His early career was spent in the oil and gas construction industry involving roles at Allseas Engineering in Europe and AkerKvaerner in South East Asia before joining Sulzer in 1994. Ton Büchner worked in a range of Sulzer operations until his appointment to the executive committee, as a divisional president, in 2001.
He has lived and worked in The Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Switzerland and the USA.