Azelis Americas welcomes Todd Cottrell as new CEO
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Azelis Americas welcomes Todd Cottrell as new CEO

Azelis Group NV, a global frontrunner in specialty chemicals and food ingredients, recently announced Todd Cottrell’s appointment as the CEO of Azelis Americas. This transition will take place on September 30, 2023, following the retirement of Frank Bergonzi. To ensure a smooth handover, Bergonzi will assist Cottrell during the onboarding process and will later serve as a consultant, aiding Azelis’ growth strategy in the Americas until 2025.

Cottrell, with more than three decades of industry experience, has held both technical and executive positions. His expertise is rooted in the CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers) sector, having been the managing director, Americas, for a prominent European manufacturer. Cottrell’s academic credentials include a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from Duke University.

In his new role, Cottrell will spearhead growth strategies, emphasising principal partnerships, market expansion, and operational excellence. His leadership will also focus on digital initiatives and sustainability strategies that cater to both principals and customers.

Bergonzi’s tenure at Azelis, spanning more than seven years, witnessed the company’s remarkable growth in the Americas. Under his guidance, Azelis Americas transformed into a leading innovation service provider, with revenues soaring from USD725 million in 2015 to USD1.7 billion in 2022.

Dr. Hans Joachim Müller, Azelis Group CEO, expressed gratitude for Bergonzi’s contributions. “Frank’s leadership has been instrumental in our success in the Americas. As we bid him farewell, we are excited to have Todd, with his vast experience, lead our operations.”

Bergonzi praised Cottrell’s industry acumen and expressed confidence in his capabilities. Cottrell, on the other hand, expressed gratitude and excitement about leading Azelis Americas into its next growth phase.