Axalta appoints new VP

Axalta Coating Systems has appointed Matthias Schönberg as vice president of Axalta and president of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Schönberg’s role will be to drive the EMEA region’s growth strategy. He will continuously develop Axalta in order to further advance the quality products and outstanding services the company’s customers have come to expect. He joins Axalta from Continental AG where he held numerous leadership positions including, most recently, as CEO of its ContiTech Fluid Technology business and Executive Vice President of Continental AG.

Charlie Shaver, Axalta’s chairman and chief executive officer, said, ‘Matthias’ extensive senior leadership roles over the last 14 years in North and South America in the automotive and automotive aftermarket sectors bring an exceptional combination of skills to Axalta.’

Schönberg holds a Masters of Business Administration, Corporate Finance and Tax from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He takes up the position on 1 October 2015.