AkzoNobel today announced that the Supervisory Board and Board member Leif Darner have mutually agreed that Leif will step down from the Board of Management at the 2013 AGM in April. Conrad Keijzer, currently Managing Director of AkzoNobel Industrial Coatings, will succeed Leif Darner in his responsibilities for Performance Coatings. Keijzer will join the Executive Committee on January 1, 2013, ensuring a smooth hand-over.

Leif Darner has had an extensive and successful career at AkzoNobel, joining the company in 1998 when Courtaulds became part of the company. He was appointed Business Unit Manager of AkzoNobel Marine and Protective Coatings in 1999, a position he held until 2004, when he was appointed to the Board of Management as member responsible for Chemicals. In May 2008, he assumed responsibility for the Performance Coatings business area.

“I would like to thank Leif for his outstanding service and his much-valued contribution to helping establish AkzoNobel as a leading global company,” said Karel Vuursteen, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. “He played a fundamental role in the successful realignment of our Chemicals portfolio and brought a new focus to our Performance Coatings business, both of which proved crucial in reshaping our strategic agenda.”

Read the entire press release on AkzoNobel.com.