Canadian Finishing and Coatings Manufacturing

CFCM JimKavanagh 400Jim Kavanagh, who joined AkzoNobel in 1990 as a development chemist in its protective coatings business, has been appointed as managing director of the company’s industrial coatings division. 

Kavanagh will lead the strategic direction across a diverse portfolio, including coil and extrusion coatings, packaging coatings, wood finishes and wood adhesives.  

During his 32 years with the company, Kavanagh has held various positions, including roles within product management and marketing. Since 2000, he worked internationally as a general manager and commercial director based in China, Africa and the UAE. Most recently, he was responsible for leading the metal coatings business in EMEA as regional commercial director.

Regarding his new role, Kavanagh said, “I’m very proud to be leading a business with so many talented individuals and teams across such a diverse and impressive portfolio. I’m looking forward to further developing our capabilities and building on our leading global positions.”

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McNaughtonCarlisle Fluid Technologies’ Caius McNaughton has been promoted to customer service manager.




Brad WilderThe Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) has chosen Brad Wilder as the new director of the association’s standards program. Wilder brings over a decade of experience working in project and general management for an industrial painting contractor where he focused on bridge preservation and protective coatings. 




John BeckerSAMES KREMLIN North America has added John Becker to the automotive sales team effective June 2022. 




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