AkzoNobel strengthens leadership in key markets

2 August 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.