Meet the Former Student Helping Aggies take the Classroom into the Real World
Texas A&M alum Charles W. Shaver, Chairman and CEO of Axalta Coating Systems, will host 28 engineering students for Aggie Race Day at the Texas Motor Speedway on April 6. Students will experience the ultimate VIP treatment and see the impact engineers have on one of the most popular sports in the world. Axalta sponsors driver Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 Axalta Racing Chevrolet SS of Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
B.S. Chemical Engineering
With his strong Aggie spirit and gratitude for his engineering training from our school, Charlie arranged for Jeff Gordon's car to be custom-painted Aggie maroon for the Texas race and bear the Texas A&M Engineering logo in premium sponsor locations on the car.
"Engineering is integral to racing and the coatings systems we create," explained Charlie. "It's been a real privilege to serve on the Texas A&M Engineering Advisory Council for more than 12 years and now to be able to showcase our alma mater to the NASCAR community and show fellow Aggies how the great engineering education I received has translated into practical application. My career and the opportunities I've been able to provide to others all began with my time at the university."
Charlie is a true Aggie success story. A degree in chemical engineering provided the launching pad for a 33 year career that's taken Charlie through the halls of some of America's leading industrial corporations. From 1980 through 1996, he rose up through the ranks at the Dow Chemical Company where he applied his education in operations, commercial and engineering roles. Charlie next held executive positions at Arch Chemicals and General Chemical, a division of Gentek, before serving for seven years as CEO and President of the Houston based TPC Group, then a publicly traded company (TPCG). In each role, his Aggie engineering roots helped him successfully guide companies in the petrochemical, oil and gas industries.
In 2013, Charlie assumed his current position as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Axalta Coating Systems, which is privately held by The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest and most successful investment firms. Based in Philadelphia, Axalta is the fifth largest coatings company in the world and is dedicated solely to the development, manufacture and sale of liquid and powder coatings for customers in the automotive, commercial transportation, general industrial, architectural and decorative sectors. Axalta operates 35 manufacturing plants and seven R&D facilities with some 13,000 employees and associates who serve over 120,000 customers in more than130 countries. In addition, Charlie still finds time to serve on a number of trade association boards and is on the Board of Directors of both US Silica (SLCA) and Taminco, Inc (TAM).
Charlie and his wife Sharon, '80 Accounting, reside in Houston, TX with their four children.