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AkzoNobel CEO step down

AMSTERDAM, July 19, 2017

Netherlands-based AkzoNobel, a leading global paints company, announced today (July 19) that its chief executive officer Ton Büchner has stepped down with immediate effect due to health reasons.

The company has announced Thierry Vanlancker as the new chief executive officer.

Büchner joined AkzoNobel in 2012 and has been responsible for significantly improving the performance of the company, increasing profitability and cash flow to record levels, said a statement from the company.

He put in place a solid operational and financial foundation, which enabled the company to recently announce the creation of two focused high performing businesses; paints and coatings and specialty chemicals.

Vanlancker was most recently head of specialty chemicals at AkzoNobel, having joined the company in 2016.

A Belgian national, prior to joining AkzoNobel he was president – fluoroproducts for Chemours, the spin-off company of DuPont's chemical businesses formed in 2015.

Vanlancker joined DuPont in 1988 and held a number of senior positions both in Europe and the US, including Vice-President Performance Coatings and Business Manager of Refinish Systems across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Antony Burgmans, chairman of the supervisory board, said: “It is with great regret that Büchner is stepping down due to health reasons. He has been an outstanding leader for our company, transforming the company and setting it up for future success.”

“His focus on delivering for our customers and operational excellence has driven profitability to record levels, increasing returns to shareholders,” he said.

Burgmans continued: “His passion for the business and personal commitment has helped create a strong culture across the company. He will be greatly missed in the boardroom and by many colleagues of our company around the world. I wish Büchner well and hope he is now able to focus fully on his own health.”

“Our remains focused on delivering for our customers every day. In Vanlancker we have an outstanding executive who is well placed to continue building momentum for the company. This includes the creation of two focused businesses, delivering sustainable growth and profitability,” he added.

‘’His extensive experience in the chemicals and coatings industry gives him a unique perspective and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role as CEO,” he concluded.

Büchner commented: “It was a privilege to work for AkzoNobel and I am extremely proud of all the achievements the team delivered during my five years at the company.”

“The company is full of highly engaged, talented and passionate people who deliver every day for our customers and I want to thank all of them for their contribution and support over the years,” he said.

‘’Our commitment to value creation, sustainability, innovation and the communities in which we operate is a major driver of our success,” he added.

Büchner stated: “Vanlancker is a great addition to the team and is well placed to take AkzoNobel forward, delivering long term value creation for all stakeholders. I wish him all the best.”


A successor for the head of specialty chemicals will be announced in due course, it stated. – TradeArabia News Service




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