Smith appointed director, strategic growth, for PPG Automotive Refinish


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, May 29, 2007 – The automotive refinish business of PPG Industries announced that Lee Smith, director, PPG Refinish Canada, since 2002, has been appointed director, strategic growth and acquisitions, for PPG Automotive Refinish, North America.

Effective June 1, Smith will assume his new position, which includes responsibility for developing growth strategies to meet short- and long-term profit and growth objectives for refinish.

"Lee has been with PPG 25 years, and his in-depth knowledge of the automotive refinish industry and past successes make him well-suited to this new position," said John Outcalt, general manager, PPG Automotive Refinish, North America. During Smith's tenure with PPG Canada, Outcalt said he positioned the company for continued success. Brian Roberson, senior account manager for PPG Aerospace, will succeed Smith in Canada.

Smith has a bachelor's in business administration from Northern Illinois University and a master's of business administration from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He will be relocating to the North American headquarters for PPG Automotive Refinish in Strongsville, Ohio.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company employs more than 30,000 people and has 125 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 20 countries. Sales in 2006 were $11 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York and Philadelphia stock exchanges (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

 

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Contact:
Calvinia Fields
PPG Automotive Refinish
440-572-2800
cfields@ppg.com
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