PPG names David Knapp senior manager, MVP Business Solutions

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Oct. 20, 2008 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) has hired David Knapp as senior manager of its MVP Business Solutions group.

Knapp has more than 15 years of process improvement, business development and strategic marketing experience in the collision industry. His experience includes aspects of collision repair center management including finance, marketing, process consulting, parts control and strategic planning. Prior to joining PPG, Knapp held positions at Akzo Nobel Coatings and CARSTAR.

Knapp entered the collision repair industry at 14, working as a detailer in a body shop in Omaha, Neb. He continued through high school and college, gaining experience as a light body technician and painter. While working, Knapp earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and public relations. He then continued his studies and received a Master of Business Administration degree.

“We are very excited to welcome David to the PPG team and are looking forward to the contribution his diverse collision industry background will make,” said Jim Berkey, director, MVP Business Solutions. “This addition demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the strength and effectiveness of PPG’s value-added programs that are so critical to maintaining competitiveness in the industry today.”

At the upcoming NACE Expo in Las Vegas, Knapp will conduct an MVP Business Solutions seminar entitled “Competing in the 21st Century” on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1:30-3 p.m. He will explore industry and business challenges facing owners and managers of collision shops and explain how focusing on key critical success factors can significantly improve a shop’s ability to gain a competitive advantage in quality, throughput and cost. Knapp said the overall mission of the seminar is to help attendees gain a vision of how they can transform today’s challenges into opportunities and achieve sustainable growth and profitability.

Knapp, his wife, Barbara, and their sons, Preston and Andrew, reside in Orange County, Calif.

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. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.




Paul Ong
PPG Automotive Refinish