Former AkzoNobel CEO Appointed to Stahl Board

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2024

Specialty coatings and treatments provider Stahl has named former AkzoNobel chief executive officer Thierry Vanlancker as a Non-Executive Director to its Board. In this role, Vanlancker will reportedly provide oversight, advice and strategic guidance to the company’s leadership.

Vanlancker previous served as CEO and chairman of the management board at AkzoNobel. Prior to those positions, he held several senior roles in Europe and the United States at Dupont. 

“We look forward to working with Thierry and harness his extensive experience in the coatings industry to support Stahl’s own transformation into a specialty coatings company and realize Stahl’s ambitious ESG targets,” said Maarten Heijbroek, Stahl CEO.

Currently, Vanlancker also serves as Chairman of the Board at Sika and as Non-Executive Board Director at Aliaxis and Etex. He reportedly brings over 30 years of experience in the specialty coatings and chemicals industries.

“I’m delighted to be joining Stahl at this exciting point in its history. I have gotten to know Stahl as a high-quality company with a clear strategy and a true sustainability leader in its field,” he said.

Vanlancker earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Ghent University.

AkzoNobel Retirement, New CEO

In June 2022, global coatings company AkzoNobel announced a new CEO to succeed Vanlancker, whose term in office ended that year. Vanlancker was the company’s CEO and member of the Board of Management since 2017.

The company shared that Gregoire Poux-Guillaume would become the company’s new CEO as of Nov. 1.

Poux-Guillaume, a French national, has 25 years of relevant experience and is noted to be an international business leader with a track record of building successful, profitable businesses in challenging environments, accelerating business growth and improving margins.

Previously, Poux-Guillaume worked as the CEO of Sulzer, CEO of GE Grid Solutions (previously Alstom Grid) and Senior Managing Director of CVC Capital Partners.

Other Stahl News

At the beginning of the month, Stahl joined the Global Organization for PHA (GO!PHA) to advocate and advance the use of the naturally occurring polymers, polyhydroxyalkanoates.

According to Stahl, GO!PHA is a coalition of over 60 stakeholders ranging from producers and formulators to users as well as universities and research institutes. The members work together to increase understanding of the technology and advance the science behind the materials.

As a member of the network, Stahl will reportedly be able to join forces with the wider PHA value chain to help move PHAs beyond the testing phase and accelerate the potential application of the technology in the coatings market.

PHAs are polymers produced in nature from bacterial fermentation that can be sourced from organic waste streams, biogas, sugars and fat-rich, plant-based feedstock. The chemical composition of PHAs can reportedly be adjusted to a soft and elastic form, making them ideal for flexible substrates.


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