Dutch paint and coatings specialist AkzoNobel has named Maarten de Vries as its chief financial officer. De Vries takes up his position on January 1, 2018, replacing interim CFO Hans De Vriese who will move into the role of director of planning and transformation.

De Vries has more than 25 years’ experience in finance and international business, including 10 years in Asia. He joins the company from Intertrust Group, where he was CFO and a member of the management board.

Previous roles include CFO and member of the executive board of TNT Express, CEO of TP Vision (a Philips joint venture), and various positions at Philips including chief information officer and chief purchasing officer.

"Maarten brings a wealth of expertise to the company with a wide and varied background, including financial operations, managing growth and leading strategic M&A programs. I look forward to welcoming him to the team," says AkzoNobel CEO Thierry Vanlancker.

“Once Maarten is onboard, interim CFO Hans De Vriese will move into the role of Director of Planning and Transformation, continuing his key role in the transformation of AkzoNobel into two high-performing businesses; Paints and Coatings and Specialty Chemicals."

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, its portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka.