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AkzoNobel Remembers Dave Smith

Smith, who passed away on May 28, served as the regional sales leader for the U.S. East market for AkzoNobel.


AkzoNobel has announced the passing of Dave Smith, who passed away on May 28.


In a release, the company said, “Dave was much respected by our employees and by those with whom he worked. He began his career with AkzoNobel in 1993. Over his 25 years with the company, he played key roles throughout the North American Automotive & Specialty Coatings sales organization, distribution network and collision repair businesses. Dave held numerous positions within AkzoNobel, including country manager for Canada and North American industry relations and network manager. He also was part of the North American management team, and in March 2017, was promoted to regional sales leader for the U.S. East market.

“Dave will be greatly missed. On behalf of the entire AkzoNobel management team, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Dave’s family,” the statement read.


“Dave set an example that will continue to be an inspiration to us all,” said Doug Holmberg, North America business director, vehicle refinishes. “He played an important role in strategically advancing our business, and acted as an ambassador for AkzoNobel, encouraging talent process and engagement. We are deeply saddened by his death.”

A funeral service will take place on June 22 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Details are outlined here.