Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. announced that Rakesh Sachdev has been appointed to its board of directors, effective Aug. 24. Sachdev will serve on the company’s nominating and corporate governance committee and compensation committee.
“The Axalta board of directors always seeks to optimize the balance of expertise, experience and diversity amongst our directors,” said Mark Garrett, chairman of Axalta’s board of directors. “In welcoming Rakesh, we are adding to our board an outstanding leader with a deep knowledge of Axalta’s end markets and business transformation. His impressive global business leadership track record and familiarity with automotive and commercial vehicle markets also make him a great fit for the Axalta team.”
Added Axalta CEO Robert Bryant, “Rakesh’s experience leading innovation-focused organizations makes him an ideal addition to our board as Axalta seeks to continue to leverage our best-in-class technologies to grow our businesses globally. I am excited to have Rakesh’s voice at the table as we continue to seek opportunities to create and deliver shareholder value.”
With the appointment of Sachdev, Axalta’s board is composed of nine directors, all with unique backgrounds and experience in areas important to Axalta’s business, including executive leadership, finance, audit, management consulting and global operations, and in relevant industries, including specialty chemicals and several of Axalta’s end markets.
Sachdev most recently served as CEO of Platform Specialty Products Corporation, now renamed Element Solutions Inc., a leading global specialty chemicals company, from 2016 to 2019. Prior to that, he led Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, a leading S&P 500 global life sciences and technology company, as its president and CEO from 2010 until 2015, when it was acquired by Merck KGaA. Previously, he held executive positions at Meritor, Inc., a global supplier of automotive systems and components, including president of Asia, senior vice president of Strategy and vice president/general manager of several of its global businesses. He also spent 18 years at Cummins Inc., a global engine and power systems manufacturer, in various leadership roles, including chief financial officer of its automotive business and managing director in Mexico.
Sachdev received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in 1977, his M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981, and his MBA from Indiana University in 1986. He is currently chairman of the board of Regal Beloit Corporation and serves as a board member of Edgewell Personal Care and Avantor, Inc. He is also a senior advisor at New Mountain Capital and serves on its portfolio boards of Aceto Corp. and ILC Dover. He currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of Washington University in St. Louis and has, in the past, served as a board member and chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.