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.”