The Netherlands: Coatings and Speciality Chemicals Thierry Vanlancker Follows Ton Büchner as CEO of Akzo Nobel
Akzo Nobel announced that Chief Executive Ton Büchner steps down with immediate effect due to health reasons. The company has announced Thierry Vanlancker as the new CEO.
Amsterdam/The Netherlands — Ton Büchner who joined Akzo Nobel in 2012 commented: "Thierry Vanlancker is a great addition to the team and is well placed to take Akzo Nobel forward, delivering long term value creation for all stakeholders. I wish Thierry all the best. For me this was an extraordinarily difficult decision to make but my focus must now be on my health."
Thierry Vanlancker was most recently head of Specialty Chemicals at Akzo Nobel, having joined the company in 2016. A Belgian national, prior to joining the company he was President — Fluoroproducts for Chemours, the spin-off company of Dupont's chemical businesses formed in 2015.
Thierry Vanlancker joined DuPont in 1988 and held a number of senior positions both in Europe and the US, including Vice-President Performance Coatings and Business Manager of Refinish Systems across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
A successor for the Head of Specialty Chemicals will be announced in due course, the company announced.