The Dulux dog is "alive and kicking": New AkzoNobel chief plays down Brexit concerns

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The new chief executive of Dulux maker AkzoNobel has said the firm’s UK market is “alive and kicking” despite complications over Brexit.

Thierry Vanlancker told the BBC’s Today programme that the UK departure from the European Union is not a big risk for the Netherlands-headquartered firm.

He said: “The UK is a big market for us and the original home of the Dulux dog – and the dog is alive and kicking.”

Vanlancker explained that AkzoNobel could face certain supply chain issues, but added that most of the firm’s paint is sold in the country it is made.

He told the BBC: “For us Brexit is not a big concern, and anyway for a big global company you have to adjust to any legislation or changes, and that is what we will do.”

Vanlancker was confirmed as chief executive of AkzoNobel earlier this month. The Dutch company was on the end of a high-profile activist investor campaign earlier this year.

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