AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – AkzoNobel has appointed Lin Liangqi as the new Managing Director, Decorative Paints for China and North Asia.

As the company looks to accelerate its strategic growth agenda in the region, Liangqi will be charged with using his extensive experience and expertise to drive further growth in one of the world's most dynamic markets.

Due to officially take up his new position on April 1, Liangqi was most recently CEO at Philips Lighting Greater China and has held several key roles within the company, which he joined in 1994.

"We are very pleased to welcome Lin Liangqi to AkzoNobel," said Tex Gunning, the company's Executive Committee Member responsible for Decorative Paints. "His strong leadership abilities, coupled with his strategic vision and financial savvy, will be instrumental in further building a strong Dulux brand in the dynamic mid-tier Chinese market, making the most of our ever-expanding network of close to 4,000 controlled stores."