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Industry Leader Interview – Keith Malik, Director – Global Accounts, AkzoNobel Coatings

Keith Malik is Director – Global Accounts at AkzoNobel Coatings

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. Experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792.

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1.  How did you get to where you are today? 

I have been fortunate to enjoy 23 years now at AkzoNobel, starting as a business consultant developing our Acoat network in the UK and during my 23 years being able to access AkzoNobel’s various training and development programs.  That allowed me to become the person I am today, representing our business on our global management team.

2.  What’s the biggest challenge facing your sector of the industry?

A severe lack of skills and frankly, parents still seeing our industry as the dirty end of the career spectrum.

3.  How are you and your business dealing with this? 

We run global programs for development and training of youngsters and look to place these youngsters into either apprentice or semi trained positions with our willing customers.

4.  Out of your business achievements, what are you most proud of and why?

I am most proud of the team I am lucky to lead, mainly because we challenge and grow together daily and outperform many of our peers to achieve significant growth for our business.

5.  What advice would you give to anyone starting out in the industry?

You are in control of your career, own it and choose a path that suits you as you grow and become the person you wish to be.

6.  If you could change anything what would you do to make the insurance industry “Better tomorrow”?

Better collaboration across the value chain to reduce waste for all and help us invest more for a better future together.

7.  What’s your top tip for being productive?

Have a plan and learn to delegate effectively.

8.  What gadget can’t you live without?

My George Foreman… cant beat it!

9.  Talent or Perseverance?  

Both, we need a balance to achieve our goals and to know which should be in the lead when.

10.  What do you do to switch off or escape from work?

I love to chill to music, good wine, good food and good company!