Gregoire Poux-Guillaume New CEO AkzoNobel

Gregoire Poux-Guillaume New CEO AkzoNobel

28-06-2022 AkzoNobel announced on June 28 that Gregoire Poux-Guillaume is being nominated for appointment as its new CEO.

Gregoire Poux-Guillaume was until recently CEO of Sulzer, a position he has held since 2015. Previously, he was CEO of GE Grid Solutions and held various management positions at Alstom. He succeeds Thierry Vanlancker, who has held the position of CEO since 2017 and whose term is coming to an end soon.

The appointment of Gregoire Poux-Guillaume to AkzoNobel’s Board of Management is subject to shareholder approval and, as such, will be on the agenda of an Extraordinary General Meeting to be scheduled in September this year.

Nils Smedegaard Andersen, Chair of the Supervisory Board, calls Gregoire Poux-Guillaume an experienced business leader with a track record of delivering above market growth and building strong teams. 'We’re happy and confident to have found the best match for AkzoNobel to continue our position as a frontrunner in our industry. His experience will provide a valuable perspective to help us with future growth and financial performance. I look forward to working with him.'

Gregoire Poux-Guillaume says he is honored to have been selected by AkzoNobel’s Supervisory Board to lead the company through its next stage of development. 'AkzoNobel is a leader in innovative and sustainable products and solutions; a truly global company with a proud heritage. I look forward to meeting my new colleagues and together building on the progress that has been achieved over the last few years.'

Nils Smedegaard Andersen thanks Thierry Vanlancker for his efforts: 'We’re grateful for Thierry’s leadership, under which AkzoNobel successfully split off the Specialty Chemicals business and became a focused and competitive paints and coatings company, with strong profitability and significant returns to shareholders.'