Amsterdam, the Netherlands -- Coatings and chemicals group AkzoNobel said 2 Aug that it has appointed several new country leaders and business unit heads, in line with its growth ambition and recent announcement to drive global performance improvement measures.
Lin Liangqi has been appointed president AkzoNobel China, in addition to his role as managing director (MD) of Decorative Paints China and North Asia. Jaap de Jong, previously at McKinsey & Co., becomes regional director Latin America and president AkzoNobel Brazil. Amit Jain remains group MD for India, in addition to his role as MD of Decorative Paints India and South Asia.
These appointments coincide with other leadership changes.
Bob Taylor, currently MD of AkzoNobel Marine and Protective Coatings (M&PC), will become MD of Decorative Paints North America. Rob Molenaar will move from AkzoNobel Powder Coatings to become the new MD of M&PC. AB Ghosh, currently director of the Automotive and Aerospace Coatings Americas business, will succeed Molenaar as MD 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, in the statement.