Arnhem, the Netherlands, July 19, 2007 — Akzo Nobel has announced that Jo Lennartz (57) will become the company’s new Director of Technology. Two further management changes resulting from his appointment have also been confirmed.
Formerly General Manager of the company’s Functional Chemicals business, Dutch-born Lennartz will officially take up his new position on September 1. He will be succeeded by Bob Margevich (50), currently General Manager of Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals. Alan Kwek (50)—presently Manager of the Powder Coatings activities in Asia Pacific—will in turn take over at Polymer Chemicals.
“Jo Lennartz has been instrumental in successfully reshaping the Functional Chemicals business and he will bring to his new role a wealth of business and technology experience gained while working for a number of different Akzo Nobel businesses,” said Akzo Nobel Board member Leif Darner.
His new role will include establishing links and interacting with relevant external technology and science communities, as well as leading the development of the technology community within Akzo Nobel.
Currently based in Chicago in the United States, Bob Margevich has almost 30 years of experience in the international chemicals business and has been General Manager of Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals since 2003. An American citizen, Margevich will move to Amersfoort in the Netherlands.
Alan Kwek joined Akzo Nobel after the acquisition of Courtaulds in 1998, where he held a regional role for Marine and Protective Coatings in Asia. He will move from his native Singapore to the United States and will be based in Chicago.