AkzoNobel appoints new supply chain chief

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AkzoNobel, whose brands include Dulux and Hammerite, has chosen David Allen to take on the role of head of integrated supply chain.

He joins from China National Bluestar Group, where he has been chief operating officer since 2009, and will officially take up the position on 1st October reporting to CEO Ton Büchner.

“We are delighted to have appointed someone of David’s calibre and standing,” said Büchner. “He brings strong operations, manufacturing and logistics experience from across Europe, USA, Asia Pacific and China.

“His broad experience in our industries combined with his strong track record in improving operational performance will be a valuable addition to our team as we continue to take our strategy forward.”

Prior to joining Bluestar Allen worked for General Electric Company and Sabic in various operations, manufacturing and logistics roles.

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He said: “I’m excited to be joining AkzoNobel, a global company with a strong heritage in manufacturing and distribution and leading market positions across the world. I look forward to working with the businesses and the leadership team to help deliver on the company’s strategic ambitions.”

The Amsterdam-based company has been implementing a performance improvement programme since October 2011. At the time it said that some 40 per cent of the savings would come from supply chain and sourcing programmes.

In its results for the second quarter of 2013, the company said cumulative savings had now reached €381m.

“Various actions taken in operational excellence address product complexity reduction, sourcing optimization, manufacturing and distribution excellence, and margin management across the entire organisation.”

“AkzoNobel is on track to deliver the full €500 million in EBITDA at the end of this year, a year early.”

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