Michael Friede joined AkzoNobel in July 2021 as Chief Commercial Officer – Performance Coatings, where he is responsible for all Commercial activities of our Performance Coatings Segment.
Before joining AkzoNobel, Michael was at Covestro where he was responsible for the Business Unit Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties. For the last 20 years, Michael held several positions across several geographies in the chemical industry within Covestro and Bayer AG in general management, sales & marketing, procurement and within corporate functions.
In September 2021, Michael was appointed to the Board of Pearl Polyurethane Systems LLC as a non-executive member.
Before moving to the Netherlands, Michael lived & worked in the USA, Germany, France, Spain and Canada.
Michael holds an MBA from Instituto de Empresa, Madrid, Spain and graduated in Business from the Fachhochschule für Oekonomie & Management, Essen, Germany. He completed Executive Business programs at the London School of Economics and at Oxford University and studied at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Canada.