Vice President, Global Powder and Business Development / Strategy, Industrial Coatings
Mr. Rao is Vice President, Global Powder and Business Development / Strategy, Industrial Coatings. Mr. Rao is responsible for the P & L strategy for Axalta's Powder Coating business globally, and will lead business development and strategy for the industrial coatings business. He has extensive industry and consulting background in the chemical sector. Before joining Axalta, Mr. Rao worked at Halliburton Company since 2012 where he was Senior Director for Strategy and Marketing for its Drilling and Evaluation business. Prior to that role, Mr. Rao spent six years with McKinsey and Company which he joined in 2006 and where he most recently was a leader in its North America Chemicals Practice. He started his career in 1998 working at coatings company Akzo Nobel where he held a number of research and development positions. Mr. Rao holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Anna University, a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from New York University.