Rajeev Rao has joined Axalta Coating Systems as vice president, strategy and business development. In this new position at the company, Rao will report to Charlie Shaver, Axalta chairman and CEO, and support the implementation of Axalta’s strategic plan to chart dynamic organic growth opportunities and potential merger and acquisition initiatives across the company’s entire global business portfolio.
Rao brings extensive industry and consulting background in the chemical sector. Before joining Axalta, he worked at Halliburton Company since 2012 where he was senior director, strategy and marketing for its Drilling and Evaluation Division. Prior to that role, Rao spent six years with McKinsey & Company which he joined in 2006 and where he most recently was a leader in its North America Chemicals Practice. He started his career in 2000 working at AkzoNobel, where he held a number of research and development positions.