International. Jirak will be located at the company's North American regional headquarters in Nashville, USA.
Hailing from Valtris Specialty Chemicals, where he has been Chief Commercial Officer for the past three years, Jeff Jirak has over 30 years of experience in the high-performance materials and specialty chemicals sector.
He will lead the global strategic direction of AkzoNobel's innovative powder coatings portfolio in a wide range of end markets, including architectural, automotive, industrial, general trade and functional.
"I am thrilled to be joining such a diverse business with passionate colleagues from around the world," said Jirak.
"It's amazing to see the depth of technology and sustainability built into our powder coating products. The business continues to invest in the growth, our capacity and the development of our talented people," he said.
"I am excited to play a key role in continuing to bring product innovations to our customers, as well as exploring new opportunities."
Jirak previously held senior positions at DuPont, Chemours and Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), and specialized in the strategic growth of high-performance materials, polymers and coatings.