ANTWERP, Belgium – Azelis announced several key appointments to support the continued growth of the company.

The board of directors announced the addition of Thijs Bakker as Chief Financial Officer. Bakker will join Azelis in September 2016 following the retirement of Martin Hollenhorst in August. Bakker has worked for over 15 years for AkzoNobel in various finance roles in the Netherlands, United States and across Asia-Pacific. In his most recent assignment Bakker was Finance Director Marine & Protective Coatings at AkzoNobel, based in Singapore.

The company announced that Laurent Nataf, currently Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed CEO and President of Asia-Pacific effective August 1. Anna Bertona, currently Chief Strategy and Principal Officer, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer for EMEA, also effective August 1.

Additionally, Michael James Roney has joined the company’s board of directors. Roney was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Bunzl, the international distribution and outsourcing group with operations spanning 29 countries and four continents. He retired from Bunzl earlier this year, having served as CEO since 2005 and prior to that as Non-Executive Director.