Effective from August 1 2020, Katarina Lindström will join Hempel as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. The company said in a statement that she will “play a central role in delivering on the company’s ambition to double in size”.

It said that as Executive Vice President and COO, Lindström “will be a key member of Hempel’s Executive Management Board, responsible for driving the company’s strategic agenda in terms of operational excellence, innovation and sustainability.”

Lars Petersson, Group President and CEO of Hempel, said: “I’m extremely pleased to welcome someone of Katarina’s calibre to our global team. We’re an ambitious company on a strong growth curve.”

He added that the company’s target is to double in size in five years, and he said this ambition “remains on track. We want to lead the industry in market-driven innovation, sustainability and customer focus. As Chief Operating Officer, Katarina will play a significant part in this, and I’m very much looking forward to working with her.”

As part of its long-term growth strategy, Hempel is making significant investments in innovation and sustainability, while strengthening its supply chain and manufacturing footprint, particularly in Asia-Pacific. Lindström will be responsible for driving many of these initiatives.

The statement said she has “extensive international business, leadership and manufacturing experience” from her time at Volvo Group, where she worked for more than 20 years. In that time, she held a series of global senior executive positions within both operations and product management. As architect of Volvo Group’s industrial presence in Asia, she has proven experience of building a company’s manufacturing footprint in the region.

In 2018, she became President of Operations at Munters Group AB, a global leader in energy efficient and sustainable air treatment solutions, where she drove a number of important strategic initiatives and improvement projects.

Lindström said: “Hempel is a company with strong values and an ambitious growth strategy.  It’s investing in customer solutions, innovation and employee development and it has a desire to lead sustainability in the coatings industry. I’m very excited to be part of this journey.”

For more information visit www.hempel.com

28th February 2020