PPG announces executive appointments; McGarry to lead flat glass businesses

Glass Magazine
February 21, 2013

Officials of PPG Industries announced several executive appointments, February 21, that are effective immediately.

Michael McGarry, PPG executive vice president, has assumed leadership responsibility for the company’s flat glass businesses. He will also lead PPG's architectural coatings businesses in the Americas and Asia Pacific, as well as the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. PPG’s automotive refinish and aerospace businesses, which previously reported to him, will now report to Chairman and CEO Charles Bunch.

PPG also announced that J. Rich Alexander, PPG executive vice president, will retire effective March 1. He will continue with the company through the end of the month in a non-operating role.

“During his 34-year career with PPG, Rich has held numerous key leadership roles in our coatings, fiber glass and flat glass businesses, as well as our Asia Pacific and Latin America regions,” Bunch said, in a release. “As a member of the executive and operating committees, Rich has played an important role in PPG’s strategic portfolio transformation. I thank him for his many contributions to PPG’s success and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Other personnel changes include that of Viktoras Sekmakas, PPG executive vice president, who has assumed leadership responsibility for the company’s fiberglass business, the Asia Pacific region, and the purchasing and logistics function. He will continue to lead the industrial coatings, packaging coatings, and protective and marine coatings businesses. Jean-Marie Greindl, PPG vice president, automotive OEM coatings, EMEA, has assumed additional responsibility for the EMEA region and has been named vice president, automotive OEM coatings, EMEA, and president, PPG EMEA.

Lastly, Bryan Iams, PPG vice president, corporate communications and marketing, will assume responsibility for the company’s government and community affairs functions in addition to his current role. Iams will be named vice president, corporate communications, marketing, and government and community affairs, and he will report to Bunch. This change is effective March 1.