AkzoNobel Car Refinishes Americas has named David Smith to the role of country manager for the Canadian market.
Smith joined the AkzoNobel organization in 1993. He has held various positions in the sales, operations, and technical departments in the Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver areas. Most recently, he held the regional sales manager position for the Western Canada market.
“The Canadian market is extremely important to AkzoNobel and David is an excellent fit for leading our efforts,” notes Doug Holmberg, director of sales for AkzoNobel Car Refinishes North America. “We have benefited from the leadership of Roland Taube for the last ten years. Roland now moves on to other opportunities within the AkzoNobel family. We feel fortunate that we have an individual like David who has the seasoned experience that enables him to step in and guide our efforts and create even greater successes.”
In commenting on his appointment Smith notes, “I am truly honoured to have the privilege to lead a world-class organization in a world-class market. The push to advance the use of waterborne technology has created an array of opportunities within Canada for the collision repair industry. We have the ability to lead the way in making our industry a standard for sustainability and profitability. It will be my responsibility and pleasure to ensure that all businesses in Canada know that AkzoNobel is the best in both.”