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Axalta Coating Systems Appoints Rajeev Rao Vice President, Strategy and Business Development

  Axalta Coating Systems Appoints Rajeev Rao Vice President, Strategy and   Business Development  Business Wire  PHILADELPHIA -- June 9, 2014  Rajeev Rao has joined Axalta Coating Systems, a leading provider of liquid and powder coatings, as Vice President, Strategy and Business Development. In this new position at the company, Mr. Rao will report to Charlie Shaver, Axalta Chairman and CEO, and support the implementation of Axalta’s strategic plan to chart dynamic organic growth opportunities and potential merger and acquisition initiatives across the company’s entire global business portfolio.  “Our customers are the foundation of our business. Rajeev’s expertise and guidance will advance and accelerate key elements of our long term strategy to meet the needs of our OEM, industrial and refinish customers,” explained Shaver. “He will enable us to leverage our strengths and further enhance our position in the global markets we serve.”  Mr. Rao brings extensive industry and consulting background in the chemical sector. Before joining Axalta, he worked at Halliburton Company since 2012 where he was Senior Director, Strategy and Marketing for its Drilling and Evaluation Division. Prior to that role, Mr. Rao spent six years with McKinsey & Company which he joined in 2006 and where he most recently was a leader in its North America Chemicals Practice. He started his career in 2000 working at Akzo Nobel, a coatings company, where he held a number of research and development positions.  Mr. Rao holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Anna University.  Axalta Coating Systems is a leading global provider of liquid and powder coatings to automotive, transportation, general industrial, and architectural and decorative customers. Doing business in more than 130 countries, Axalta operates 35 manufacturing centers, seven R&D facilities and 42 customer training centers. Axalta will continue to build on more than 145 years of experience in the coatings industry. For more information visit  Contact:  Axalta Coating Systems Matthew N. Winokur, +1 215-255-7932  
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