Norcross, Georgia -- February 11, 2014 -- AkzoNobelâ€™s Doug Holmberg will take the lead as Director of Vehicle Refinishes North America. A statement from AkzoNobel says the appointment is part of a global initiative designed to position the company's auto and aerospace coatings business for expanded growth and market leading performance within the aftermarket business of the passenger and commercial vehicle sectors worldwide.
In this new role, Holmberg will be responsible for leading the Canadian and U.S. business responsible for the Sikkens, Lesonal, Wanda, Sikkens Autocoat BTLV and U-Tech brands in the automotive, truck and fleet segments. He is also responsible for ensuring the alignment of AkzoNobelâ€™s strategic goals overall within its North America Vehicle Refinishes business.
â€œI am excited to have the opportunity to take on this expanded role for AkzoNobel and A&AC North America, especially at this time,â€ said Holmberg. â€œOur industry is at an historic point in its development. Process optimization methods and consolidation forces are affecting all parts of the industry, from work provider, to distribution and to collision centers. In this environment, we see great opportunity to be of value to our customers â€“ distributors and collision centre operators alike â€“ in their ever-evolving process to generate sustainable profits in this changing landscape. Therefore, whether in the form of innovative products, industry-leading technical service and training, or game-changing business development solutions, our teamâ€™s focus day-in, day-out is in delivering this value.â€
An AkzoNobel veteran, Holmberg has held a number of key leadership roles, including his most recent position as Director of Sales, Vehicle Refinishes, A&AC North America. Prior to this he lived in the U.K., serving as International Paintâ€™s General Manager of Yacht Coatings EMEA; a division of AkzoNobelâ€™s Marine and Protective Coatings business. He also held positions as Yacht Coatingsâ€™ Global Marketing Manager and North America Marketing Manager.
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