Azelis Announces Strategic Appointments
The Azelis Board of Directors announces strategic organisational changes to position the Group for further success. Thijs Bakker will become Chief Financial Officer of Azelis, Antwerp, Belgium. He will join Azelis in September 2016 following the retirement of Martin Hollenhorst in August. Bringing a wealth of experience in the finance and the chemical industry, Thijs has worked for over 15 years for AkzoNobel in various finance roles in the Netherlands, US and across Asia Pacific. In his most recent assignment Thijs was Finance Director Marine & Protective Coatings at AkzoNobel, based in Singapore.
Asia represents a significant growth opportunity for Azelis. Following Azelis' rapid growth trajectory in China and Japan, they are strengthening their team in the region in order to further exploit the potential and accelerate development. As such, Laurent Nataf, currently Chief Operating Officer, is appointed CEO and President Asia Pacific, effective 1st August.
Anna Bertona, currently Chief Strategy and Principal Officer, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer EMEA, also effective 1st August, to steer Azelis' market teams in the region and with a particular focus on Azelis principal development activities.
WIth these strategical appointments, supported by investors APAX and following the acquisition and successful integration of Azelis Americas, former Koda Distribution Group, Azelis considers itself now geared for the next phase of growth and expansion.
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