AkzoNobel Announces Management Changes

AkzoNobel Announces Management Changes 
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwire) -- 01/23/13 --  AkzoNobel
today announced that Graeme Armstrong will become Managing Director
Surface Chemistry and Country Director for North America. Armstrong
is currently
Executive Committee member responsible for Research,
Development, and Innovation
(RD&I). He succeeds Bob Margevich, who
has chosen to go into retirement. 
Armstrong will assume his new responsibilities on April 1 and will
work alongside Margevich during the first two months to ensure a
smooth transition. A process to find a successor for Armstrong in RD&I
is ongoing. Armstrong will
continue his RD&I responsibilities until a
successor is announced. 
Armstrong joined AkzoNobel in 2008 following the acquisition of ICI,
where he
led the company's RD&I function. Prior to joining ICI,
Armstrong spent 19 years
in the detergents industry for Unilever and
"I would like to congratulate Graeme with his new role," said Ton
Buechner, CEO of AkzoNobel. "It was his clear wish to return to a
business role, following a highly successful tenure as head of our
RD&I activities. On behalf of myself and the Executive Committee, I
would like to wish Graeme luck in his new position
and thank Bob for
his invaluable contributions to the company." 
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AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major
of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers
worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about
developing sustainable answers for
our customers. Our portfolio
includes well known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens,
International and
Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are consistently
ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability.
operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around
the world are
committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's
Answers Today(TM). 
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