PPG promotions reflect expanding commitment to coil and extrusion coatings

Howard Wright

John Shaffer

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 25, 2008 –
PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) industrial coatings business has promoted Howard Wright to general manager, global coil and extrusion products (COEX), and John Shaffer to business director, COEX Americas.

Wright will manage the company’s global COEX business, including integration of the recently acquired SigmaKalon coil coatings business. He will also pursue growth opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region and further develop recent market gains in the Americas.

Shaffer will develop and execute marketing and growth strategies throughout North, South and Central America, including managing all commercial and operational activities and directing the business’s product and technology portfolios.

Wright joined PPG in 1994 when the company acquired a portion of Nalco Chemical Corp., where he had worked in a succession of sales and marketing roles. He has progressed through sales, product management and business development positions within PPG’s automotive coatings, automotive glass and industrial coatings groups, serving most recently as business director, coil and extrusion coatings. A graduate of the University of Dayton (Ohio), Wright holds a degree in chemical engineering.

Shaffer joined PPG in 1991 after graduating from La Roche College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has been promoted through sales, product management and marketing positions, including his most recent role as zone manager for PPG’s industrial coatings business.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2007 were US$11.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.




Sharon Bird