Our People

Having the freedom to express yourself from day one. Being rewarded for what you contribute.
And having the space to grow and develop. That’s what every day is like in RD&I at AkzoNobel.

But don’t take our word for it. We’ve asked some of our colleagues how they feel about working here.
Click on the links below to read their stories.

 Gill Hilton

"working for AkzoNobel ïs as intellectually challenging as my research in academia"

Gill Hilton
Research Scientist at the Measurement & Analytical Science Expert Capability Group in Deventer, The Netherlands

 Hans Lammers"coaching the next generation of AkzoNobel process technologists"

Hans Lammers
Team Leader at the Process Technology Expert Capability Group in Deventer, The Netherlands
 Juan Zhou"a huge network of colleagues on three continents"

Juan Zhou
Research Scientist at the Material Science Expert Capability Group in Slough, UK
 Rudie Venderbosch"keen to work in a larger company that offers broader development opportunities"

Rudie Venderbosch
Research Scientist at the Molecular Science Expert Capability Group in Deventer, The Netherlands
 Haiyan Jin

"pushing the boundaries when it comes to innovation"

Haiyan Jin (Jeremy)
Senior Development Technologist at Marine & Protective Coatings in Felling, UK 

 Michael Elwell

"a strong feeling for identity and heritage"

Michael Elwell 
Head of the Molecular Science Expert Capability Group in Deventer, The Netherlands

 Sanatan Hajra

"seeking to push the boundaries when it comes to innovation"

Sanatan Hajra
Development Manager for Decorative Paints in Bombay, India

 Annika Karlsson

"amazed by the sheer diversity of the work"

Annika Karlsson
R&D Director Cellulosic Specialties for Functional Chemicals in Stenungsund, Sweden

 Jacqueline Oonincx

"every opportunity to develop in both my area of expertise and as a manager" 

Jacqueline Oonincx
Process Technology Expert Capability Group Leader in Deventer, The Netherlands

 Elaine Poco"everything depends on the quality and engagement of our people and their desire to make a difference"

Elaine Poco
LatAm RD&I Director, Sustainability Focal Point in São Paulo, Brazil  
 Limin (Maggie) Shao

"in close contact with people in the businesses"

Limin (Maggie) Shao 
Research Team Leader for RD&I in Shanghai, China

 Wei Shi

"opportunity to work on business skills that drive innovation"

Wei Shi 
Technical Manager Woodcare & HPC, Decorative Paints, China

 Pamela Wilson

"always on the lookout for innovative technology"

Pamela Wilson
Chemist at Packaging Coatings R&D in Strongsville, Ohio, USA 

 Chong Yan

"develop as an individual and be involved in cutting-edge research"

Chong Yan 
Senior Scientist, Corporate Research, China

 Alexey Zaitsev

 "challenging projects requiring non-standard solutions"

Alexey Zaitsev 
Researcher for Functional Chemicals RD&I Center in Deventer, The Netherlands

 

For testimonials from employees working in other parts of the AkzoNobel organization, click here.