Profile: Nils Andersen, the new Chairman elect of Akzo Nobel

- Leadership - Mar 05, 2018

Nils Andersen will take over as Chairman of chemicals giant Akzo Nobel in April, but what made him the standout candidate to replace Antony Burgmans?

Danish national Nils Andersen has headed some of Europe's biggest companies in a distinguished career.

As a previous Chief Executive Officer of both Carlsberg and Maersk, Andersen has accumulated experience and knowhow in some of the most senior leadership roles on the continent.

Two years as Executive Vice President for Carlberg between 1999 and 2001 convinced the board at the Danish brewer to appoint him as CEO, a position he held for six years until 2007.

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While at Maersk between 2007 and 2016, Andersen was credited with driving more customer-centricity at the shipping conglomerate while also exceeding targets on international growth. In more recent years, he has taken a seat on the board of both BP and Unilever.

"We are very pleased to nominate Nils Andersen," said Byron Grote, deputy chairman and leader of Akzo Nobel's Supervisory Board on the appointment.

"He has a wealth of relevant experience gained during an extensive international career in the consumer goods, energy, and shipping industries. Nils will bring this broad business insight to the Supervisory Board as AkzoNobel becomes a focused, high-performing Paints and Coatings company."

Andersen himself added: "I am excited to be nominated for the role of Chairman of the Supervisory Board and look forward to being able to play my part in the transformation of AkzoNobel and delivering further value creation for shareholders and other stakeholders."

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