Axalta Appoints Yves Kerstens As Vice President And President for EMEA

Axalta has announced the appointment of Yves Kerstens as Vice President and President of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

He succeeds Matthias Schonberg effective as of 1 August 2018 and will be based in Axalta’s EMEA headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

Before joining Axalta, Kerstens worked at Bridgestone Corporation for 13 years where he held a number of senior executive roles in the EMEA and the Asia Pacific regions.

He previously worked in the management consulting sector, holding various positions at Capgemini and Ernst & Young Consulting.

Kerstens holds Master’s degrees in Electromechanical Engineering Technology, Industrial Management and International Corporate Governance.

Joe McDougall, Axalta’s Executive Vice President and President of Global Refinish and EMEA, says:

“I am delighted to welcome Yves as Axalta’s new EMEA president.

With his vast leadership experience, he has all the skills necessary to guide our business in the region.

He will have a clear focus on our customers while also looking to expand Axalta’s business interests as well as optimising business processes.”