International Paint LLC, an AkzoNobel company and one of the world’s leading providers of high-performance protective coatings, linings and fire protection products, has named Neil Plowman as the company’s new marine and protective coatings general manager, Americas.
In this role, Plowman will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight to all aspects of the company’s financials and investments, supply chain sales, R&D, operations and marketing efforts throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Central and South America.
Plowman has 25 years of experience within the International Paint worldwide business serving Western Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the United Kingdom. Having begun his career at International Paint in 1987 as a sales representative for the company’s specialty coatings brand, he moved to yacht coatings in 1989, where he worked his way through a number of sales, marketing and product management positions until he was named International Paint’s worldwide yacht coatings general manager in 2005.
Plowman earned a Bachelor’s degree in politics from the University Bristol, UK, and later received a diploma in marketing from the UK’s Institute of Marketing. AkzoNobel presented Plowman with an outstanding achievement award in 2003 for his contributions to the growth and expansion of the global yacht coatings business.