Axalta Coating Systems announced that its Board of Directors has named Robert Bryant Chief Executive Officer on a permanent basis and he has also been appointed to Axalta’s Board of Directors. Bryant had been serving as interim CEO since October 2018.
Charlie Shaver, Axalta’s Chairman, said: “Over the past two months, Robert has seamlessly stepped into the role of interim CEO and led the company in a challenging market environment. Having worked closely with him over the past six years, I am extremely confident in his ability to lead Axalta effectively as our permanent CEO. The Board and I look forward to seeing Axalta build on its success and continue to thrive under Robert’s leadership.”
Bryant said: “I appreciate the Board’s confidence in me and am honoured to continue working alongside the talented management team and dedicated employees to build on Axalta’s well-deserved reputation for customer service and innovation.”
The Company also announced that Sean Lannon has been named Chief Financial Officer on a permanent basis, effective immediately. He had been serving as Vice President and Interim Chief Financial Officer since October 2018.
Bryant concluded: “Sean’s business and financial acumen, years of experience working in increasingly senior finance roles at Axalta and extensive background in financial reporting make him a great fit to succeed me as Axalta’s CFO. I am very excited to continue working with Sean to grow Axalta and build shareholder value over the long term.”
About Robert Bryant
Robert Bryant has served as Axalta’s interim CEO since October 2018. Before that he served as Executive VP and CFO of Axalta since 2013. He was previously CFO and Senior VP of Roll Global LLC from 2007 and was Executive VP of Strategy, New Business Development and Information Technology at Grupo Industrial Saltillo, S.A.B. de C.V. Bryant graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA degree in Economics from the University of Florida and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
About Sean Lannon
Sean Lannon most recently served as Axalta’s VP and interim CFO since October 2018. From 2016 he served as VP, Corporate Finance and Global Controller of Axalta and joined Axalta as VP and Global Controller in 2013. He was previously VP, Global Controller of Trinseo and Senior Manager, Financial Reporting at Endo Pharmaceuticals. Lannon began his career at PWC where he spent more than nine years within the organisation’s Audit Practice. He graduated with a BA in Accounting from Philadelphia University and is a Certified Public Accountant.