Axalta Announces New Leadership of Industrial Coatings Business

Rajeev Rao and David Heflin will succeed Michael Cash as business unit leaders.


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Axalta Coating Systems announced that Michael Cash resigned as senior vice president and president of its industrial coatings business effective May 31 to pursue an opportunity outside of the coatings industry. He will be succeeded by Rajeev Rao, who serves as Axalta’s vice president of global powder and business development, and David Heflin, who is vice president of global industrial coating systems.

Robert Bryant, Axalta’s chief executive officer, says Rao will continue to run Axalta's powder business, and Heflin will be promoted to vice president of global industrial liquid coatings, where he will oversee Axalta's general industrial, coil coatings, wood coatings and energy solutions businesses. Rao and Heflin will serve as co-leaders of Axalta's industrial coatings business and report directly to Bryant.

“Rajeev and Dave are both seasoned executives with extensive industry experience and a deep understanding of the strategic direction and future growth opportunities across our industrial coatings business,” Bryant says. “Their leadership and guidance will help build upon the strength of our business and our talented team in a manner consistent with our strategic imperatives prioritizing people, innovation, growth and performance."

Bryant thanked Cash for his dedication to Axalta over the past six years.

“He has helped meaningfully shape and grow our industrial coatings business, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” Bryant says.