Leif Darner1 Member of the Board of Management and the Executive Committee responsible for Performance Coatings (1952, Swedish)

After graduating from Gothenburg University, Leif Darner held several management positions before being appointed General Manager of Powder Coatings Scandinavia at Courtaulds in 1985.

In 1993, he was appointed Chief Executive of Coatings Northern Europe. Then in 1997 he served as Worldwide Director of Yacht Paint and Protective Coatings. In 1998, Courtaulds became part of AkzoNobel and Darner was appointed Business Unit Manager of AkzoNobel Marine and Protective Coatings, a post he held from 1999 until 2004, when he was appointed to the Board of Management of AkzoNobel as the member responsible for Chemicals, a position he held until April 2008.

He is a Board member of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands and CEPE (European Confederation of Paint and Inks) Brussels.

1 As of January 1, 2013, Conrad Keijzer joined the Executive Committee and will assume Leif Darner’s responsibilities for Performance Coatings following the 2013 AGM.