Chairman of the Board
Mr. Garrett, who serves as Axalta's Chairman of the Board, has over 30 years of senior management experience in the chemical sector. Currently, he serves as Chief Executive Officer of Marquard & Bahls AG, a Hamburg, Germany-based holding company specializing in investments in the energy and chemical sectors. Mr. Garrett was previously Chief Executive Officer of Borealis AG, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. During his time at Borealis, he set the company on a strong trajectory that included driving growth as Vice Chairman at Abu Dhabi Polymers Company Ltd. (Borouge ADP), a leading provider of innovative, value-creating plastics solutions, established in a joint venture with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). Mr. Garrett was also a member of the Board of Directors of Nova Chemicals and Chairman of its Remuneration Committee. Nova is one of the world’s leading suppliers of plastics and chemicals. Through collaborative efforts, Borealis, Borouge, and Nova have generated substantial value creation for investors. Previously, Mr. Garrett was Executive Vice President, Water and Chemicals at Ciba Geigy / Ciba Specialty Chemicals, where he started his career and moved into positions of increasing responsibility. Mr. Garrett serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board at OMV, an Austrian company that produces and markets oil and gas, innovative energy and high-end petrochemical solutions, and is also a member of the Board of Directors at Umicore, a global materials technology and recycling group. Mr. Garrett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Melbourne in Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Information Systems from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He holds Australian and Swiss dual nationalities.