Axalta Coating Systems has appointed Mike Carr as vice president and president, North America, reporting to Axalta chairman and CEO, Charlie Shaver and responsible for the company’s business in the US and Canada.

“North America is a key region for our combined businesses,” said Shaver. “Mike’s broad experience in the automotive sector and his many positions operating in business-to-business environments make him ideally suited to spearhead our growth strategy and continue to integrate our resources to enhance our productivity and customer focus.”  

Axalta’s North America operations are home to some of the company’s largest customers, including leading global vehicle manufacturers and refinish and body shop franchises.

The market also includes Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers that benefit from Axalta’s array of liquid and powder coatings as well as customers in industrial segments which rely on Axalta coatings for electrical insulation, pipe and electrocoat applications.

Carr joins Axalta from Johnson Controls Power Solutions division where he was most recently vice president and GM for the US and Canada.

During his tenure at Johnson Controls he also held numerous roles of increasing responsibility in general management and sales including roles in South America and Europe.

Early in his career he worked for Exide Technologies, Armstrong World Industries and General Battery Corporation.