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CEO Ton Buchner Returns to AkzoNobel

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwire) -- 12/03/12 -- The Supervisory Board of AkzoNobel is delighted to announce that CEO Ton Büchner will resume his duties on Friday, December 7, following a full recovery.

"On behalf of the Supervisory Board and the Executive Committee we welcome Ton coming back to the office. It has obviously been a testing time for all of us but now Ton is back as expected, leading the company forward and returning to business as usual," said Karel Vuursteen, Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Commented CEO Ton Büchner: "I am thrilled to return to my post. I am grateful to my team who have taken care of the company so well during my absence. There is a great future for AkzoNobel and we are looking forward to updating you on our plans to further improve the company's performance."

AkzoNobel will organize an analyst conference call and media interviews on Friday, December 14. Supervisory Board member Antony Burgmans, and CEO Ton Büchner will answer questions relating to this announcement.

On February 20, 2013, AkzoNobel will announce its Q4 and Full Year 2012 results, and Ton Büchner will give the Strategy Update, postponed from October 22.

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AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today™.

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