Our Board of Management and Executive Committee
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Member of the Executive Committee responsible for Decorative Paints
After graduating from Amsterdam Free University with a Masters in Economics, Ruud Joosten joined AkzoNobel in 1996 as International Marketing Manager for Decorative Paints. Since then, he has held various management positions within Decorative Paints and Specialty Chemicals, including BU Manager for Decorative Paints North and Eastern Europe and Managing Director of Pulp and Performance Chemicals.
Member of the Executive Committee responsible for Specialty Chemicals
Werner Fuhrmann was appointed to his current role in 2012. He was previously Managing Director of the company’s Industrial Chemicals business, a position he first took up in 2005. He was Chairman of the Dutch Association of the Chemicals Industry (VNCI) from 2010 until 2015. Currently he is a Board member of both the European Chemicals Association (Cefic) and American Chemistry Council.
Member of the Executive Committee responsible for Human Resources
Marten Booisma joined AkzoNobel as Chief Human Resources Officer in 2013. He spent the previous six years in this position at Royal Ahold. Having graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a Master of Science in Politics, he started his career in HR at Shell and Unilever. He then moved on to assume various senior management positions at Ahold.
CFO and Member of the Board of Management and the Executive Committee
Maëlys Castella was Group Deputy CFO at Air Liquide before joining AkzoNobel in 2014. She gained an Engineering degree at Ecole Centrale Paris. She also has a Master’s degree in Energy Management & Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and the French Institute of Petroleum. Her early career included finance roles in the oil and gas industry.
CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management and the Executive Committee
Prior to joining AkzoNobel, Ton Büchner was President and CEO of Sulzer Corporation. An engineer by training, he gained a Master of Science in Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and a Master in Business Administration from IMD in Lausanne. His early career in the oil and gas construction industry involved roles at Allseas Engineering and AkerKvaerner.
General Counsel and Member of the Executive Committee
Sven Dumoulin joined AkzoNobel as General Counsel in 2010 and holds a PhD in Law from the University of Groningen. Previously he was Group Secretary at Unilever. Outside AkzoNobel, he is a member of various legal professional associations in both the Netherlands and abroad. From 2003 to 2007, he held professorships in company law at the Universities of Groningen and Tilburg.
Member of the Executive Committee responsible for Performance Coatings
Conrad Keijzer joined AkzoNobel in 1994 as Market Development Manager for Industrial Chemicals. Since then, he has held a variety of management positions within Performance Coatings and Specialty Chemicals. These include being appointed Global Director for Automotive Plastic Coatings and serving as Managing Director for both the Packaging Coatings and Industrial Coatings businesses.