LYNGBY, Denmark — Coatings manufacturer Hempel has appointed Nigel Shewring as its new Group Director of Research & Development (R&D). Shewring will work to ensure all Hempel's future innovations deliver clear competitive advantages and to further develop the company’s product portfolio to support ongoing organic growth.

Shewring's key responsibilities include managing the overall activities in Hempel's 15 R&D centers around the world and ensuring that Hempel's global R&D organization delivers innovative solutions to its customers across the globe.

Steen Hoff, Hempel's Acting Director of Operations, said, "We are delighted to welcome Nigel to the Hempel family. I believe Nigel has what it takes to drive our R&D organization and to retain its position as one of the best in the industry. We already offer some of the most successful products to customers around the world, and Nigel will help make sure that we stay one step ahead in our product research and development."  .

Shewring has over 23 years of R&D experience in a global industrial coatings environment. He has a proven track record of leading innovation in strategic partnerships as well as developing and leading high-performance organizations.

When not visiting one of Hempel's R&D and test centers around the world, Shewring will be based in Hempel's headquarters near Copenhagen, Denmark, where Hempel is currently constructing a new R&D center that will house around 100 international researchers.