– BERMUDA / USA, PA – Axalta Coating Systems Bermuda Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce that Robert M. McLaughlin has joined its Board of Directors and will serve as the Chair of the Audit Committee. Mr. McLaughlin brings extensive expertise in finance and accounting to the Board with particular experience in industrial companies.
Mr. McLaughlin is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) and a member of its Management Committee. Airgas is one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and related products, with more than 15,000 employees and over $5 billion in annual revenues in calendar year 2013.
“We’re excited to have Bob join our Board,” said Charlie Shaver, Axalta’s Chairman and CEO. “Bob’s management experience and extensive financial background in industrial sectors will be a great resource to our business and enable him to make a strong contribution to the Audit Committee.”
“I’m very pleased to join Axalta’s Board,” noted McLaughlin. “Axalta is a company on the move. The global reach of its business and the diversity of its products are impressive. I’m looking forward to working with the Board to help guide Axalta on its growth strategy.”
Prior to assuming his current position at Airgas on October 3, 2006, Mr. McLaughlin had served as Airgas’ Vice President and Controller since joining Airgas in 2001. Before joining Airgas, Mr. McLaughlin served as Vice President of Finance for Asbury Automotive Group, a multi-billion dollar automotive retailer. Previously, he served as Vice President of Finance and in other financial management roles with Unisource Worldwide, Inc., a multi-billion dollar international paper and industrial supply distribution company.
Mr. McLaughlin, a Certified Public Accountant, began his career with Ernst & Young in 1979. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Dayton.
Axalta Coating Systems is a leading global provider of liquid and powder coatings to automotive, transportation, general industrial, and architectural and decorative customers. Doing business in more than 130 countries, Axalta operates 35 manufacturing centers, seven R&D facilities and 42 customer training centers. Axalta will continue to build on more than 145 years of experience in the coatings industry.
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