At the beginning of 2011, we broadened our leadership team and established a nine-strong Executive Committee in order to accelerate sustainable growth and help us deliver on our strategic ambitions.
Comprised of the five members and these four leaders with functional expertise, having this organizational set-up at the very top of the company means that we can better deliver functional and operational excellence, drive common agendas, build capabilities and develop a .
All members of the Executive Committee work together to define our strategic direction, establish policies and manage the company’s day-to-day operations. The functions currently represented are HR & Organizational Development; Research, Development & Innovation; Supply Chain/Sourcing (including Health, Safety and Environment). In addition, our General Counsel is included to ensure strong governance and compliance.
Executive Committee member responsible for Research, Development & Innovation
Mr. Armstrong joined AkzoNobel in 2008 following the acquisition of ICI, where he led the company’s Research, Development & Innovation function. Prior to joining ICI, he spent 19 years in the detergents industry working for Unilever and JohnsonDiversey. He also served as Regional President for JohnsonDiversey in EMEA. He is a Chartered Chemist, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of their Science Policy Board. Chairman of Chemistry Innovation PLC and Chairman of the Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network, and a former non-executive director of the UK government Technology Strategy Board.
Member of the Executive Committee and AkzoNobel General Counsel
Mr. Dumoulin joined AkzoNobel as General Counsel in 2010 and is responsible for legal, compliance, intellectual property and legacy management. Previously he worked as a lawyer and then Group Secretary for Unilever. From 2003 to 2007, he held professorships in company law at the Universities of Groningen and Tilburg in the Netherlands. Outside AkzoNobel, he is a member of various Legal Professional Associations in both the Netherlands and abroad.
Executive Committee member responsible for HR and Organizational Development
Mrs. Oudeman joined AkzoNobel in October 2010 from Corus Group, where she was a member of the Executive Committee, as well as being Divisional Director of Strip Products and a Board member of Corus Nederland B.V. and Corus UK Ltd. Prior to joining Corus in 2000, she held various roles at Hoogovens Group, including that of Managing Director. Among others, she is also is a non-executive director of Nederlandse Spoorwegen and ABN Amro Group.
Executive Committee member responsible for Supply Chain/Sourcing
After graduating from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany in 1979, Mr. Fuhrmann held various roles within the AkzoNobel Fibers division, and was Business Area Controller Chemicals, before being appointed General Manager of Chelates & Sulfur Products in 2000. He became Managing Director of AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals in 2005. He is Chairman of the Dutch Chemicals Industry Association (VNCI).