PHILADELPHIA — Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. announced that Rakesh Sachdev has been appointed to its Board of Directors, effective August 24, 2020. Sachdev will serve on the company's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Compensation Committee.
"The Axalta Board of Directors always seeks to optimize the balance of expertise, experience and diversity amongst our directors. In welcoming Rakesh, we are adding to our board an outstanding leader with a deep knowledge of Axalta's end markets and business transformation," said Mark Garrett, Axalta's Board Chair. "His impressive global business leadership track record and familiarity with automotive and commercial vehicle markets also make him a great fit for the Axalta team."
"Rakesh's experience leading innovation-focused organizations makes him an ideal addition to our board as Axalta seeks to continue to leverage our best-in-class technologies to grow our businesses globally," added Robert Bryant, Axalta's Chief Executive Officer. "I am excited to have Rakesh's voice at the table as we continue to seek opportunities to create and deliver shareholder value."
With the appointment of Sachdev, Axalta's board is composed of nine directors, all with unique backgrounds and experience in areas important to Axalta's business, including executive leadership, finance, audit, management consulting and global operations, and in relevant industries, including specialty chemicals and several of Axalta's end markets.
Sachdev most recently served as CEO of Platform Specialty Products Corp., now renamed Element Solutions Inc., a leading global specialty chemicals company, from 2016 to 2019. Prior to that, Sachdev led Sigma-Aldrich Corp., a leading S&P 500 global life sciences and technology company, as its President and CEO from 2010 until 2015, when it was acquired by Merck KGaA. Previously, he held executive positions at Meritor, Inc., a global supplier of automotive systems and components, including President of Asia, Senior Vice President (SVP) of Strategy and Vice President(VP)/General Manager (GM) of several of its global businesses. He also spent 18 years at Cummins Inc., a global engine and power systems manufacturer, in various leadership roles, including Chief Financial Officer of its automotive business and Managing Director in Mexico.