New CEO appointed for AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals

As part of the strategy to separate Specialty Chemicals from its Paints and Coatings business, AkzoNobel is selling its Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and GIC. Upon completion of the transaction, expected before the end of 2018, Charles W Shaver will join the new company as Chief Executive Officer.

Werner Fuhrmann, CEO of Specialty Chemicals, returned from retirement in August 2017 to head up the entity and in particular to lead the business through this time of change. As was always his intention, upon completion of the sale he will return to retirement. 

Charles “Charlie” Shaver will join Specialty Chemicals from Axalta where he serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.  He will step down as CEO of Axalta on 4 September this year but will remain Chairman of the Board. 

Prior to joining Axalta, he was Chief Executive Officer and President of the TPC Group and previously he held a number of roles with General Chemical and Arch Chemicals, having started his career with the Dow Chemical Company.  Mr Shaver brings more than 35 years in leadership roles across the global chemical industry.  His appointment is subject to completion of the transaction.