Andre van Linden graduated from Technical University Delft in Technology of Macromolecular Substances in 1986 after which he joined Akzo as researcher. After a few roles in decorative paints as lab manager he became marketing manager in the representative office in Moscow in 1995.
After three years in Russia, he was active for another 10 years in the Netherlands as (Sr.) Marketing Manager, being responsible for color, innovation, and labelling. In 2008 he became R&D Director for Decorative Paints in North and Eastern Europe, with a category lead role for woodcare. In 2010 he became global R&D director for many Decorative categories and in 2017 Director Coatings Technology Akzo-Nobel, responsible for all (company-wide) innovative research and university collaborations.
He is chairman of many groups like ISO TC/35 (Paints and Varnishes); Topsector Chemistry Advanced Materials; Dutch paints technologist association (NVVT) and the Board Member of FATIPEC Federation.