As executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO), Katarina Lindström will be a member of coatings supplier Hempel’s executive management board as the company seeks double in size
Ms Lindström will be responsible for driving the company’s strategic agenda in terms of operational excellence, innovation and sustainability.
She was previously a senior executive at Volvo Group where she worked for more than 20 years, with responsibility for Volvo Group’s industrial presence in Asia. In 2018, she was named president of operations at Munters Group AB, a manufacturer of dehumidification systems.
Commenting on her appointment, Ms Lindström said “Hempel is a company with strong values and an ambitious growth strategy. It is investing in customer solutions, innovation and employee development and it has a desire to lead sustainability in the coatings industry. I am very excited to be part of this journey.”
Hempel’s chief executive and group president Lars Petersson said “I’m extremely pleased to welcome someone of Katarina’s calibre to our global team”.
“We are an ambitious company on a strong growth curve. Our target is to double Hempel in five years, and we remain on track. We want to lead the industry in market-driven innovation, sustainability and customer focus. As chief operating officer, Katarina will play a significant part in this, and I’m very much looking forward to working with her.”
As part of this long-term strategy, the company is investing in innovation and sustainability, while strengthening its supply chain and manufacturing footprint, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.