AkzoNobel announces new leadership for Decorative Paints
February 14, 2013
AkzoNobel today announced that Ruud Joosten will be appointed Executive
Committee member responsible for Decorative Paints with effect from the Annual
General Meeting (AGM) on April 26. He will succeed Tex Gunning, Member of the
Board of Management, who will step down and retire. Ruud Joosten is currently
Managing Director of Pulp and Performance Chemicals within the Specialty
Chemicals Business Area.
Ruud Joosten has extensive experience in Decorative Paints and has been
responsible for both mature and high growth regions.Â In his most recent role, he
managed a truly global business in the Specialty Chemicals Business Area.Â In his
new assignment, he will concentrate on adapting Decorative Paints Europe to the
challenging market environment and on further expanding Decorative Paints'
presence in key growth markets.
"The future of Decorative Paints is in very good hands. Ruud is a highly
competent manager with a strong track record throughout the organization. On
behalf of the Executive Committee, I wish Ruud every success in his new role,"
said Ton BÃ¼chner, CEO of AkzoNobel. "I would also like to thank Tex for his
excellent service to the company and wish him a happy retirement."
Tex Gunning's business career spanned over 25 years in Unilever, lastly as
Business Group President. In September 2007, Tex Gunning was appointed CEO of
Vedior, a global company in HRM services. After a successful merger with
Randstad, he joined AkzoNobel in 2009.
During his tenure at AkzoNobel, Tex Gunning played a crucial role in the
integration of ICI's paints activities into the AkzoNobel organization,
resulting in substantial synergy savings. He oversaw the turnaround of
Decorative Paints in North America, substantially restructured the European
activities and grew the business significantly in high growth markets.
Furthermore, he rationalized the Decorative Paints' brand portfolio, including
the creation of a new global brand identity and a worldwide 'Let's Colour'
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