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AkzoNobel Names New CEO


AkzoNobel announced that Gregoire Poux-Guillaume will become the company’s new chief executive officer as of Nov. 1.

He will succeed Thierry Vanlancker, who has been CEO and member of the Board of Management since 2017, and whose term of office is coming to an end.

Poux-Guillaumen, 52, a French national, is an international business leader with 25 years of experience. He has a track record of building successful, profitable businesses in challenging environments, accelerating business growth and improving margins, his new company said. Previous roles include CEO of Sulzer, CEO of GE Grid Solutions (previously Alstom Grid) and senior managing director of CVC Capital Partners.

“Gregoire Poux-Guillaume is an experienced business leader with a track record of delivering above market growth and building strong teams,” Nils Smedegaard Andersen, chair of AkzoNobel’s Supervisory Board, said. “We’re happy and confident to have found the best match for AkzoNobel to continue our position as a frontrunner in our industry. His experience will provide a valuable perspective to help us with future growth and financial performance. I look forward to working with him.”

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