PPG appoints Danowski vice president, performance glazings

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 5, 2009 – PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) has announced that Gary Danowski, director, global operations, aerospace, will become vice president, performance glazings, effective in mid-January. He will report to Senior Vice President Victoria M. Holt and be based at the Harmar, Pa., glass business and discovery center.

Danowski joined PPG in 1982 as a production engineer at the former Crestline, Ohio, automotive glass fabrication plant, which is now part of Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC (PGW). He moved to Detroit in 1988 as an automotive glass sales engineer and to Evansville, Ind., in 1991 as superintendent of engineering at PPG’s former automotive glass plant there. In 1994, Danowski moved to Paris as director, market development, for PPG’s European glass business, returning to the United States in 1997 as plant manager of PPG’s former Meadville, Pa., glass manufacturing facility, now part of PGW. He was appointed director, new products and services, flat glass (now the performance glazings business), in 2001; director, production, automotive OEM glass (now part of PGW), in 2003; and director, global operations, aerospace, in 2007.

Danowski earned a mechanical engineering degree from Gannon University and a master of business administration degree from Ashland University.

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.


Jeremy Neuhart