"We are pleased that Robert Bryant has agreed to step into the role of interim CEO," Chairman Charlie Shaver said. "Having worked closely with Robert for over five years, I know he has the leadership skills and financial acumen, as well as the respect of the management team and employees, to be an effective leader for Axalta. The company remains well positioned to build on its success, with strong end-market demand and an unrelenting focus on customer service and innovation."
"I deeply appreciate the vote of confidence from Charlie and the Board. The management team at Axalta is resilient," Bryant said. "We will work tirelessly to put this distraction behind us and focus on delivering outstanding products and customer service."
Added Hahn: "I wish the best to Axalta's employees and its leadership."
Axalta also announced that its preliminary results for the third quarter are in line with the company's guidance communicated during its second-quarter earnings update, which specified third quarter adjusted EBITDA of approximately 24 percent of the midpoint of its full-year range.
Bryant has served as EVP and CFO of Axalta since 2013. He was previously CFO and SVP of Roll Global LLC. Before joining Roll Global in 2007, he was EVP of strategy, new business development, and information technology at Grupo Industrial Saltillo, S.A.B. de C.V.
Robert Bryant/Courtesy Axalta