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A Nobel Decision: AkzoNobel names Gregoire Poux-Guillaume as new CEO

Toronto, Ontario — The international paint giants at AkzoNobel have named Gregoire Poux-Guillaume as the company’s new CEO, effective Nov. 1.

Thierry Vanlancker, former CEO and member of the board of management since 2017, was announced to have reached the end of his term of office on Wednesday and will make space for Poux-Guillaume to fully take on the role this fall.

Poux-Guillaume has established a proven track record of building businesses and accelerating their growth over the 25 year span of his career, according to the company’s press release.

He earned his stripes in the corporate world as CEO of Sulzer, CEO of GE Grid Solutions (previously Alstom Grid) and senior managing director of CVC Capital Partners.

Chair of AkzoNobel’s Supervisory Board, Nils Smedegaard Andersen said “Gregoire Poux-Guillaume is an experienced business leader with a track record of delivering above market growth and building strong teams.

“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.”

Poux-Guillaume’s appointment is still up for shareholder approval at AkzoNobel’s “Extraordinary General Meeting” set for Sept.

He said “I’m honoured to have been selected by AkzoNobel’s Supervisory Board to lead the company through its next stage of development. AkzoNobel is a leader in innovative and sustainable products and solutions; a truly global company with a proud heritage. I look forward to meeting my new colleagues and together building on the progress that has been achieved over the last few years.”

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