PHILADELPHIA — Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. announced plans to more closely align its global organization with its two global business segments to drive improved performance. This realignment follows the restructuring program announced over the summer and, together, the two initiatives are part of the company's ongoing program to increase organizational effectiveness and enable growth.

For the last seven years, Axalta has operated in a dynamic matrix organization consisting of regional leadership, global commercial business leadership and global functions where regional leadership had primary financial responsibility. The company plans to simplify the structure to further empower global business units with full P&L responsibilities.

As a part of this organizational realignment, Axalta will close its Center City Philadelphia offices. Employees will shift to either the new global headquarters at its existing offices in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, or to Axalta's Global Innovation Center in the Philadelphia Navy Yard with key technical staff.

Axalta's regional headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, and Shanghai, China, will continue to play important roles in the day-to-day management of Axalta's people and resources, as key business leadership at both regional and global headquarters will be strengthened as part of this process. Business leaders across the company's four end-markets within its Performance Coatings and Transportation Coatings segments will assume responsibility for strategy and execution with full accountability for financial results.

The organizational realignment will be effective Jan. 1, 2021, and the Philadelphia office shifts will occur in mid-2021.