Rajeev Rao


SVP, Corporate Development

Rajeev Rao is Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Nouryon. He is responsible for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) across Nouryon and works closely with our businesses to develop and execute our M&A and inorganic growth strategies.

Mr. Rao joined Nouryon in 2019 with an extensive industrial and consulting background in the chemicals sector. Before joining Nouryon, he spent several years at Axalta Coating Systems, most recently as Vice President of Global Powder Coatings. Prior to that, he led Axalta’s Strategy and Business Development group and was responsible for driving an ambitious acquisition program which enabled entry into several attractive end markets. Prior to Axalta, Mr. Rao held senior roles at Halliburton Company and McKinsey & Company. He started his career in research and development at AkzoNobel.

Mr. Rao has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.