Rob Molenaar, general manager, Car Refinishes North America, will succeed McPherson as general manager of the Powder Coatings business unit. Both appointments are effective May 1.
McPherson started his career in a research position with Courtaulds in 1970, held various management positions with the Courtaulds Fibre Division, and was appointed CEO of Courtaulds Chemicals in 1991. He later was named CEO of Courtaulds Coatings Asia Pacific. Courtaulds was acquired by Akzo Nobel in 1998, and in 2001 McPherson was named to lead the company's newly created Powder Coatings business unit.
Molenaar joined Akzo in 1983 and later held various international positions with Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes. He was named general manager Car Refinishes Asia Pacific in 1995 and general manager Car Refinishes North America in 1999.