PPG transparencies management team announced
New organization integrates Sierracin/Sylmar operationsSYLMAR, Calif., June 18, 2007 – Tom Clark
has been named PPG general manager and global platform business director for aerospace transparencies, with responsibility for PPG’s global aviation windshield, window and canopy business. He will oversee operations in Huntsville, Ala., and subsidiaries Sierracin/Sylmar Corp. in Sylmar, Calif., and Ampaspace in Casaletto Vaprio, Italy.
Three related management appointments have been made as part of the integration of the operations of Sierracin/Sylmar, which PPG acquired in September 2006. Mark Cancilla
is global director for commercial transparencies, based at PPG’s Huntsville transparencies facility. Chuck Seagle
is global director for military transparencies, based at the Sylmar facility. Lawrence Shaffer
is global director for transparent armor and specialty products, and continues to be based at Huntsville.
“Tom brings significant experience in our transparencies business, as well as our overall aerospace operations and the global automotive market,” said Dave Morris, vice president, PPG Aerospace. “His background in manufacturing, sales, marketing and business development will enable him to lead the integration of PPG and Sierracin/Sylmar operations while maintaining the unique strengths of each to provide customers with advanced transparency solutions. Having Mark direct commercial transparencies and Chuck direct the military transparencies capitalizes on their unique backgrounds to allow us to focus on the specifics of each sector. And Larry brings understanding of the automotive industry with experience in new business development that will enable us to move forward in transparent armor.”
Clark began managing PPG’s aerospace coatings and sealants sales and application support center operations in 2001. He began his PPG career in 1969 at a Pennsylvania glass fabricating plant and joined PPG’s aircraft products business in 1978 to head new business development. He moved to Paris to manage aerospace European sales and later PPG’s European automotive glass business. He then managed a PPG joint-venture glass company in Ohio before rejoining the aircraft products business as global director of sales and marketing. The Pittsburgh native holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron and a master’s degree from Southern Institute of Technology.
Cancilla had been global business director for aerospace transparencies since 2002. He assumes responsibility for the commercial transparencies operations of Sierracin/Sylmar. The West Mifflin, Pa., native joined PPG in 1985 as a glass engineer at the company’s Pittsburgh headquarters and held engineering assignments there and at PPG’s Harmar, Pa., glass and Troy, Mich., automotive technical centers. In 1988, Cancilla joined PPG’s aerospace business to manage the Seattle regional office, and he moved to Huntsville in 2001 as manager of product design, development and quality. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.
A Marion, N.C., native, Seagle served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University. He has more than 20 years of experience in military transparencies development, having worked as military program manager for Pilkington and Texstar. He joined Sierracin/Sylmar in that capacity in 1988, and the following year he became vice president of military programs. Seagle led development of the F-4 one-piece windshield frame and assembly while at Texstar, and he led design, development and testing of the F-15 aircraft’s 650-knot bird-strike windshield and frame assembly, as well as the F/A-18 aircraft’s 500-knot bird-strike windshield and frame assembly, at Sierracin/Sylmar.
A Donegal, Pa., native, Shaffer began his PPG career in 1986 at the company’s Pittsburgh headquarters as a project engineer in the automotive glass business. He later held engineering, manufacturing and operations management positions in that unit, then joined the aerospace transparencies business in 2003 and held program management and sales and marketing assignments. Shaffer previously was global director of new business development for transparencies. He holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University.
PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace – Transparencies is the world’s largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies, manufactured at its Huntsville, Ala., plant and by subsidiaries PPG Aerospace – Ampaspace, at Casaletto Vaprio, Italy, and Sierracin/Sylmar Corp. at Sylmar, Calif. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is a leading global producer and distributor of aerospace sealants, coatings, and packaging and application systems.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