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PPG names COO

4:26 PM MDT | July 21, 2014

MCGARRY: Taking the role of COO at PPG.

PPG Industries has named Michael McGarry, current executive v.p., as COO, effective 1 August. McGarry will have responsibility for all of PPG’s strategic business units and operating regions and for the information technology (IT); environment, health, and safety (EH&S); and purchasing functions.

The appointment puts McGarry in a position to eventually succeed PPG chairman and CEO Charles Bunch, although a company spokesperson says that Bunch has no current plans to change his role. “McGarry’s appointment to COO is an important piece in PPG’s succession planning process,” says a company spokesperson. “PPG’s chairman and CEO, Charles Bunch, currently has no plans to change his role at PPG. Michael’s operational expertise and demonstrated ability to implement the company’s business strategies will play a key role in PPG’s focus to continually deliver increased shareholder value.”

McGarry was named PPG executive v.p. in September 2012, currently leads PPG’s architectural coating and flat glass segments, and has overall responsibility for Europe, the Mideast, and Africa. McGarry had previously been responsible for PPG’s global aerospace and automotive refinish businesses and led PPG’s commodity chemicals segment from July 2008 until the divestment of that business to Georgia Gulf in early 2013. He joined the company in 1981 as an engineer at the company’s Lake Charles, LA, chemicals complex.

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