Archroma-Sustainability-Report-FY2018 - Page 75



ENHANCED
CULTURE
A TASTE FOR OWNERSHIP
Archroma has implemented cultural pillars that guide the organization to foster trust and sustainable
relationships with all our stakeholders. These pillars are:
Ahmed Khairy is
an avid traveler
who does not
hesitate to chart
his own course.
ACCOUNTABILITY FOR PERFORMANCE
Working with clear, defined targets – aligned to the overall business strategy of Archroma
but broken down to the area of responsibility of individual employees.
CUSTOMER & MARKET FOCUS
Growing through customer and market focus – based on quality, cost, delivery, availability,
service and innovation.
TEAMWORK & COLLABORATION
Engaging through collaboration – as one team, one company, one agenda, one focus.
In June of 2013, Ahmed Khairy, then working in the
sales of emulsions in Egypt, faced the most serious
challenge of his career. A revolution had toppled
the government and he and his team had to figure
out a way to weather the turmoil and continue
hitting their ambitious goals. His ascension to Head
of Archroma’s Emulsions Sales (Egypt & Algeria) just
a year later is a testament to his perseverance in this
difficult moment as well as throughout his career.
Having embarked on his journey with the company
back in 2004, Ahmed rose quickly as he balanced
his professional responsibilities with his desire to
continue learning and developing his skills. After
starting classes in 2011, he was awarded an MBA
from ESLSCA Business School in 2013.
Thrilled by the opportunity to chart a new course
overseeing the Sales of the Coatings, Adhesives
& Sealants (CAS) business in Egypt and Algeria,
Ahmed credits Archroma’s innovative approach for
his success, saying, “Archroma’s new mindset, in
which sales teams act as entrepreneurs and own
the business, truly resonates with me because I feel
responsible for my business area.”
A passionate globetrotter who views traveling as a
way of expanding his world view, Ahmed also finds
diving into the pages of a good book as exciting as
visiting new destinations. He cites Colin Powell as
a role model, pointing to the former U.S. Secretary
of State’s words as a source of inspiration:
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of
preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."
According to Ahmed, Powell’s vision reflects
Archroma’s values and serves as the company’s
roadmap to success.
SPEED & SIMPLICITY
Winning through speed and simplicity – with the right mindset, organizational design,
decision processes and our work efficiency.
These pillars are collectively known within our organization as “ACTS”. Archroma continually reinforces
these work culture pillars within the organization. Each aspect of the culture pillars is integrated within
each employees’ job specification and form a part of the annual performance appraisal. The ACTS culture
pillars are the foundation for Archroma’s policies.
All employees are trained to the ACTS culture and Code of Conduct as part of the Archroma onboarding
process for all new employees. Annual appraisals are providing a feedback on coherence and adherence
to Archroma’s cultural values.
“SUCCESS IS THE RESULT OF PREPARATION,
HARD WORK, AND LEARNING FROM FAILURE.”
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