TROY, Mich., March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — AkzoNobel, the global decorative paints, coatings and chemicals company, is celebrating Women’s History Month by announcing that it is the Platinum Sponsor for the non-profit Women’s Industry Network (WIN).
WIN is dedicated to encouraging, developing and cultivating opportunities to attract women to vehicle collision repair. WIN recognizes excellence, promotes leadership, and fosters a network among women who are shaping the industry.
Doug Holmberg, Vehicle Refinishes Business Director for AkzoNobel in North America, says that he is extremely proud of AkzoNobel’s longstanding relationship with WIN.
“AkzoNobel is a strong proponent of our industry and the advancement of diversity within it. Many of WIN’s founders and current leaders were first recognized by AkzoNobel through the Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry program, began in 1999; and, today administered under the stewardship of WIN. As a result of this history, we were the first and primary corporate mentor for WIN as it aspired to be the only association in the North America collision repair industry specifically focused on the advancement of women at all strata. This sponsorship demonstrates our appreciation of their work,” says Holmberg.
The WIN organization is currently in growth mode, as companies representing every segment of collision repair around the world are becoming members. Susanna Gotsch, chair of WIN’s Sponsorship Committee says that their growth is made possible through the support of organizations like AkzoNobel.
“We are happy to support such a worthwhile organization,” says North American Marketing Manager for AkzoNobel Vehicle Refinishes Jennifer Solcz when announcing the $25,000 sponsorship. “In addition to providing financial support, AkzoNobel employees are actively involved with WIN. Past employees served on WIN’s founding Board of Directors and we have several current employees working to advance the association through their involvement on various committees.”
“The importance of WIN’s mission to our industry is reaffirmed by the tremendous support we have received from our sponsors. At WIN, we provide a unique industry setting where women can connect with peers in the industry to share different perspectives, challenges and ideas to improve the industry,” says Gotsch.
AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people’s lives more livable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 45,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Chemcraft, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do.