AkzoNobel announced that Graeme Armstrong will become managing director Surface Chemistry and country director for North America. Armstrong is currently executive committee member responsible for Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I). He succeeds Bob Margevich, who has chosen to go into retirement.
Armstrong will assume his new responsibilities on April 1 and will work alongside Margevich during the first two months to ensure a smooth transition. A process to find a successor for Armstrong in RD&I is ongoing. Armstrong will continue his RD&I responsibilities until a successor is announced.
Armstrong joined AkzoNobel in 2008 following the acquisition of ICI, where he led the company's RD&I function. Prior to joining ICI, Armstrong spent 19 years in the detergents industry for Unilever and JohnsonDiversey.