Our Board of Management and Executive Committee
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CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management and Executive Committee
Thierry Vanlancker joined AkzoNobel in 2016, bringing more than 28 years of experience in the chemicals industry. He led operations in polymers, performance coatings and chemicals at DuPont and was President of Fluoroproducts at Chemours. Thierry has lived and worked in Switzerland, the US, Germany, France and Belgium. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ghent.
Chief Supply Chain Officer and member of the Executive Committee
David Allen joined AkzoNobel as Head of Integrated Supply Chain in 2013. He was previously Chief Operations Officer for China National Bluestar Group and worked for General Electric Company and Sabic in various executive operations, manufacturing and supply chain roles. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Chief Human Resources Officer and member of the Executive Committee
Marten Booisma joined AkzoNobel as Chief Human Resources Officer in 2013. He spent the previous six years in a similar 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.
Chief Corporate Development Officer and member of the Executive Committee
Maëlys Castella joined AkzoNobel as Chief Financial Officer in 2014. Before joining the company, she held various senior management positions in finance and marketing at Air Liquide. She started her career in oil and gas with ELF at TotalGroup. Maëlys earned an Engineering degree at École Centrale Paris and a Master’s degree in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and the French Institute of Petroleum (IFP).
General Counsel and member of the Executive Committee
Isabelle Deschamps joined AkzoNobel in 2018. Before joining the company, she was responsible for legal and compliance at Unilever’s European businesses and its Food and Refreshment division worldwide, and previously Personal Care and Intellectual Property at Nestlé. She started her career at a Canadian law firm after finishing a Master’s degree in Law at the University of Montreal. Isabelle is admitted to the England and Wales Law Society and to the Quebec (Canada) Bar, and completed an Executive Business program at the London Business School.
Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Committee
Ruud Joosten joined AkzoNobel in 1996 as International Marketing Manager for Decorative Paints, having graduated from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam with a Master’s in Economics. Since then, he has held various management positions within Decorative Paints and Specialty Chemicals, including Manager of the Decorative Paints North and East Europe business and Managing Director of Pulp and Performance Chemicals.
Maarten de Vries
CFO and member of the Board of Management and Executive Committee
Maarten de Vries joined AkzoNobel in January 2018. He spent the previous three years as CFO at Intertrust Group and TNT Express. He was a member of the Management Board of Intertrust Group and the Executive Board of TNT Express. From 2011 to 2014, Maarten was CEO of TP Vision. Prior to this, he held various senior positions at Royal Philips Electronics, including Chief Information Officer and Chief Purchasing Officer at Group Management Committee level.