CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management and the Executive Committee (1965, Dutch)
Prior to joining AkzoNobel in 2012, Ton Büchner was President and CEO of Sulzer Corporation, a position he took up in 2007.
An engineer by training, he earned his Master of Science in Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He also has a Master of Business Administration from IMD in Lausanne and attended the Stanford Executive Program in Palo Alto, California.
His early career was spent in the oil and gas construction industry involving roles at Allseas Engineering in Europe and AkerKvaerner in South East Asia. He then joined Sulzer in 1994, working in a range of operations before his appointment to the executive committee as a divisional president in 2001.
He has lived and worked in the Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Switzerland and the US.