Jim Kavanagh has been appointed as managing director of AkzoNobel Industrial Coatings.
Kavanagh will lead the strategic direction across a diverse portfolio, which includes wood finishes and wood adhesives.
Kavanagh joined AkzoNobel in 1990 as a development chemist in the company’s protective coatings business. During his 32 years with the company, he has held various positions, including roles within product management and marketing. From 2000, he worked internationally as a general manager and commercial director based in China, Africa, and the UAE. Most recently, he was responsible for leading the metal coatings business in EMEA as regional commercial director.
Commenting on his new role, Kavanagh says: “I’m very proud to be leading a business with so many talented individuals and teams across such a diverse and impressive portfolio. I’m looking forward to further developing our capabilities and building on our leading global positions.”