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Protective Coatings Veteran Elected to Head IPPIC

Thursday, August 18, 2011

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The International Paint and Printing Ink Council (IPPIC) has elected Bill McPherson, recently retired president of the International Paint division of AkzoNobel, as the association’s new president.

The president acts as chairman of the IPPIC meetings. IPPIC seeks retired industry leaders for the position, to benefit from their experience and leadership. The president serves a two-year term.

McPherson was elected at IPPIC’s summer meeting in Amsterdam. He succeeds Ed Donnelly, retired senior vice president of DuPont Performance Coatings.

CEO, Managing Director

McPherson served as CEO or managing director of Courtaulds Chemicals and AkzoNobel businesses for about 24 years, increasing return on capital employed in 22 of those years.

 Bill McPherson

 International Marine

Bill McPherson (center), then general manager for International Paint’s Marine and Protective Coatings Business, accepted the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation Category in 2007.

He retired from AkzoNobel in 2010 as president of its International Paint division.

McPherson spent 10 years in research and development in Courtaulds’ synthetic fibers division, then three years as the strategy manager for acrylic fibers. He was posted to France as operations director for the Courtelle Fibers Division, and returned to the company’s flagship division in United Kingdom in late 1986 as CEO.

Asia Pacific Turnaround

In 1991, McPherson became CEO of Courtaulds; two years later, he joined the company’s Executive Board. In 1994, he joined the coatings division as CEO of the Asia Pacific region and held that position during the start-up of many of the coatings operations in Asia.

When AkzoNobel bought Courtaulds in July 1998, the Asia market included all of Asia Pacific, including India and East Russia. Courtaulds coatings businesses in the region were the company’s most profitable.

AkzoNobel, meanwhile, had no profitable unit in the region—a situation that McPherson soon turned around.

Protective and Marine

In 2000, McPherson became AkzoNobel’s managing director of Powder Coatings; in 2004, he took over the Marine and Protective Coatings Business Unit (including aerospace coatings). At the same time, he served on board of CEPE, the European Council of paint and ink producers, for two and a half years.

In 2008, McPherson chaired the Steering Group for the rationalization of the ICI headquarters in London in addition to serving as managing director of Powder Coatings and Marine and Protective Coatings.

McPherson holds a graduate degree in mathematics and chemistry from Aberdeen University, where he graduated with honors in 1970.

IPPIC is comprised of paint and printing ink trade associations representing Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Japan, Mexico and the United States. The American Coatings Association serves as IPPIC’s U.S. member.

The council provides a forum for information exchange and cooperation on the major issues and priorities facing the paint and printing ink industries worldwide.


Tagged categories: AkzoNobel; Associations; International Paint; Marine Coatings; Protective coatings

Comment from Car F., (8/22/2011, 10:52 AM)

How did the ushers got to be in the ceremony?

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