AkzoNobel has appointed Margret Kleinsman general manager for Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas
(A&AC). Kleinsman, an AkzoNobel veteran, has held key management
positions in multiple units throughout the company. In this assignment,
she will lead the A&AC Vehicle Refinishes and Commercial vehicle
business operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and South
“Margret has a proven leadership track record and brings an
unprecedented perspective to our businesses in the Americas,” said Jim
Rees, global general manager for Automotive & Aerospace Coatings.
“The collision repair market in the Americas is constantly evolving. New
automotive technologies, a growing interest in sustainable business
practices and the need to develop a more knowledgeable and diverse
workforce — each are key issues that AkzoNobel must embrace. Margret’s
background and experience will be extremely beneficial as our industry
evolves and we work to bring new innovations to help our customers in
In commenting on her appointment, Kleinsman said, “The Americas is
considered to be a key strategic sector for AkzoNobel. A&AC has
earned a leadership position within the Americas by delivering superior
products and services that enable our distribution partners and
collision repair customers to build and maintain sustainable businesses.
I look forward to continuing to be an agent for change that will aid
all stakeholders in advancing our mutual interests.”
Kleinsman is preceded as general manager of A&AC Americas by AB
Ghosh. Ghosh will assume the position of global general manager for
AkzoNobel Powder Coatings, headquartered in Sassenheim, The Netherlands.