Hempel announced that Todd Cottrell will take over as the company’s new Group Vice President for North America.
Hempel has a stated ambition to double in size over the next five years. Cottrell will be responsible for leading growth in line with this vision in Hempel’s important North American business, according to a press release.
Lars Petersson, Hempel Group President and CEO commented: “I’m very pleased to welcome Todd to the company. We have an ambitious growth strategy, which involves leading the industry in a number of areas including customer-driven innovation and sustainability. A strong North American business is a key part of our vision, and Todd will help deliver the growth we need.”
Hempel is an important player in the North American coatings market, with a leading position in the wind tower industry and a growing business in many other areas, including infrastructure, rail and marine. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Cottrell will be responsible for further improving Hempel’s position in selected markets and industries in the region.
Cottrell commented: “This is a very exciting time to join Hempel. The company has a great reputation in North America for its excellent products and services, as well as its company culture. I’m very much looking forward to taking the company further in the region.”
Cottrell has a long track record of achieving significant results in the coatings industry. He has worked in the coatings, resins and pigments industries for more than 20 years in the US, EMEA and Asia, and has held leadership positions in companies including PPG Industries, Kraton Polymers and Huntsman Corporation.
As Group Vice President for North America, Cottrell will also be a member of Hempel’s Operational Management Board.