| PPG Industries Europe LLC
General Counsel EMEA
When he joined PPG Industries, Xavier Schops substantially redesigned and expanded the remit of the team on a global scale. He created a powerful compliance function and branched out to double the number of nationalities by creating a team in Russia and Poland. To continually develop the capabilities of the team, he went on to hire diverse talents to help face new challenges such as emerging regions, M&A and regulatory scrutiny; streamlining the organisation, to boosting efficiency and focusing on value-added operations. In his previous two roles, he built a legal team for the Asia-Pacific region that he was managing from Europe. He explains that ‘the regional challenges, the cultural aspects, the size of the region made those team creations very rewarding and a great personal achievement, particularly while seeing those teams flourishing’.