New Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Katarina Lindström, officially joined Hempel on August 1.

Lindström will play a central role in driving Hempel’s strategy, the company says, adding it plans to double in size in the next five years with Lindström leading the strategic agenda within operational excellence, innovation and sustainability.

“I’m very pleased to begin at Hempel,” Lindström says. “The company’s growth strategy is very ambitious, but also realistic and Hempel has a strong desire to lead sustainability in the coatings industry. I’m very excited to be part of that.”

As part of this growth strategy, Hempel is making investments in innovation and sustainability, while strengthening its supply chain and manufacturing footprint, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, it says.

“Katarina is a strong addition to our team,” says Lars Petersson, Group President and CEO. “It is important to us to take a leading position in the industry within market-driven innovation and sustainability. Katarina will play a significant part in this.”

Lindström joins Hempel from Munters Group AB where she was President of Operations. Prior to that, she held a series of global senior executive positions at Volvo Group.