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AkzoNobel Names CFO, VPs

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Coatings giant AkzoNobel has announced several new leadership positions, including chief financial officer and two vice presidents for North American protective coatings markets.

Maëlys Castella will succeed Keith Nichols as AkzoNobel's CFO, the company announced Monday (June 17). She will officially take over the position Sept. 15.

Scott Doering and Fernando Macedo have been appointed as Vice Presidents overseeing the International and Devoe protective coatings brands in North America.

Castella Takes on CFO Role

For the last 14 years, Castella has worked at Air Liquide, most recently as Group Deputy CFO. She also served the company as Europe Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Finance and Treasury Director.

AkzoNobel CFO Keith Nichols

Maëlys Castella (left) will succeed Keith Nichols (right) as AkzoNobel's CFO, effective Sept. 15.

Nichols announced his plans to leave the company on Jan. 15. He joined AkzoNobel in 2005 and became CFO in 2008. In late 2012, he led the firm when CEO Ton Büchner abruptly left for what was billed as a short rest but stretched into a medical leave of three months.

"We're delighted to have appointed Maëlys as the company's CFO," Büchner commented.

"She brings a wealth of experience in finance and will add fresh impetus to our ongoing commitment to improve operational excellence and drive value creation."

Büchner will take over CFO responsibilities during the transition period between Nichols departure and Castella's start date.

Castella added, "I am looking forward to working for AkzoNobel with great enthusiasm. It is a company I much admire, where I believe I can make a major contribution to the management team in their focus on operational excellence."

She will be nominated for appointment to the Board of Management and will be based at the company's headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

New VP Appointments

Doering will lead the North America Eastern region, and Macedo will run the West Coast and Latin American region.

Fernando Mecado Scott Doering

Scott Doering (right) and Fernando Mecado (left) have been appointed Vice Presidents of the International and Devoe protective coatings brands in North America.

They will be responsible for setting growth strategies for their regions and customer market segments in the oil and gas, water and wastewater, chemical processing, power, mining and high value infrastructure industries.

Doering and Macedo will work on identifying new market opportunities, technology growth and expansion of the International Protective Coatings Centers (IPCC).

Doering, who joined AkzoNobel in 2005, has over 30 years of experience in the coatings industry and is a NACE Certified Coating Inspector.

Macedo has 28 years of experience in the coatings industry and started with AkzoNobel in 1991.

   

Tagged categories: AkzoNobel; Coating Materials; Devoe; International Paint; North America; Personnel changes; Protective Coatings

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