PPG announces executive assignments
PITTSBURGH, May 9, 2011 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) recently announced the following executive assignments, effective May 1:
- Gary Danowski, vice president, flat glass, has been named vice president, automotive refinish, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), based at the Rolle, Switzerland, headquarters of PPG Europe and reporting to John Outcalt, vice president, automotive refinish.
- Richard A. Beuke, vice president, silicas, has been named vice president, flat glass, based at the flat glass business and discovery center in Harmar, Pa., and reporting to J. Rich Alexander, executive vice president, Performance Coatings and Glass.
- Kevin D. Braun, general manager, architectural coatings, ANZ (Australia and New Zealand), has been named general manager, silica products, based at the Monroeville, Pa., chemicals center and reporting to Richard C. Elias, senior vice president, Optical and Specialty Materials.
- Johann (John) F. Kolling, director, U.S. taxes, has been named vice president, tax administration, based at the Pittsburgh global headquarters and reporting to Robert J. Dellinger, senior vice president, finance and chief financial officer.
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 advanced through several engineering positions in the automotive glass business before moving to Paris in 1994 as director, market development, for PPG’s European glass business. Danowski returned to the United States in 1997, as plant manager of PPG’s former Meadville, Pa., glass manufacturing facility, now part of PGW, and he was appointed director, new products and services, flat glass, in 2001. In 2003, he became director, production, automotive OEM glass (now part of PGW), and in 2007, he was named director, global operations, aerospace. Danowski was named vice president, performance glazings (now flat glass), in January 2009. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from Gannon University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Ashland University.
Beuke joined PPG in 1976 as an industrial coatings sales representative based in Oak Creek, Wis., and served in two regional industrial coatings sales manager roles before moving to Troy, Mich., in 1990 as marketing director, automotive parts segment, automotive OEM (original-equipment manufacture) coatings. He was named director of purchasing at PPG’s Pittsburgh headquarters in 1994, and he was appointed general manager of silica products in 1997. In 2000, Beuke was elected vice president, architectural coatings, and in 2006, he was named vice president, growth initiatives. He became vice president, silicas, in November 2009. A native of Indianapolis, Beuke earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University, and he has studied executive management at the Columbia University Business School.
Braun joined PPG in 1991 as production engineer at the Delaware, Ohio, coatings manufacturing facility. He joined the industrial coatings business in 1994 as sales/service representative, appliance division, and he moved to the fiber glass business in 1997 as market development manager. In 2000, Braun returned to industrial coatings as market manager, consumer electronics, and in 2001, he became a regional sales manager for industrial coatings. He joined the architectural coatings business as national sales manager for the Lowe’s account in 2003, and he was named zone sales director for Midwest dealers and stores in 2007. Later that year, Braun relocated to Sydney as general manager, architectural coatings, ANZ (Australia and New Zealand). Braun earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Business Administration degree from Capital University.
Kolling joined PPG as director, U.S. taxes, in 2004, with responsibility for federal, state and indirect tax matters, later adding responsibility for the Latin America region. He began his career with Price Waterhouse in 1983, working in various, advancing roles in Detroit and Washington, D.C. Kolling left in 1995, to join Kellogg Co. in Battle Creek, Mich., as director, tax planning and audits, supporting the U.S. and Asia/Pacific regions. Kolling was named to two different finance director roles at Kellogg, in 1999 and 2000, before returning to tax planning and audits in 2001, mostly to handle issues related to Kellogg’s acquisition of the Keebler Co. A native of Detroit, Kolling earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Detroit Mercy and a law degree from Wayne State University Law School, and he is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Tax Executives Institute.
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.
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