One of the most admired and respected figures in the history of our company, Aarnout Loudon, sadly passed away in early September. He was 84.
Known for his calm and resolute manner, Mr. Loudon joined the company in 1969. He was CEO from 1982 until his retirement in 1994, later becoming Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Akzo Nobel N.V., a position he held from 1995 to 2006.
Affectionately known as “Mr. Akzo”, his leadership style was to put his personal interests behind those of the company, always being more interested in the welfare of his colleagues. A respected leader with a keen sense of humor, he was a skilled people manager with an exceptional and broad knowledge of the company’s global business activities.
Commenting on Mr. Loudon’s passing, current AkzoNobel CEO, Thierry Vanlancker, said: “We are deeply indebted to Aarnout Loudon for the outstanding contribution he made to the growth and development of our company and will remember him with great fondness and respect.”
Mr. Loudon was also recognized externally for his service and achievements. As well as being awarded Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion and Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau, he was honored as Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of Portugal and Commander of the Order of the Southern Cross of Brazil.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to all his family.