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PPG Announces Executive Assignments

PPG Industries has announced several executive assignments, effective August 1. J. Rich Alexander, senior vice president, Performance Coatings, has been elected executive vice president and joins PPG’s executive committee. Alexander’s career with PPG began in 1978 and he was named to his current position in 2005.

Pierre-Marie De Leener, senior vice president, Architectural Coatings EMEA, and president, PPG Europe, will serve as executive vice president and will join PPG’s executive committee. In addition, he will assume management responsibility for the company’s information technology function. De Leener joined PPG with the acquisition of SigmaKalon Group in January 2008 and was appointed to his current roles that same year.

Cynthia A. Niekamp, vice president, Automotive Coatings, has been named to the position of senior vice president and will join PPG’s operating committee. She joined PPG in her current role in January 2009.

Viktor R. Sekmakas, vice president, Coatings, and president, PPG Asia/Pacific, will fill the role of senior vice president and will join PPG’s operating committee. In addition, he will assume responsibility for PPG’s packaging coatings business. Sekmakas joined PPG in 1997 with the acquisition of Lilly Industries’ electrocoat business and became Market Development manager, Powder Coatings. He was named president, PPG Asia/Pacific, in 2008, and he additionally assumed responsibility for PPG’s global industrial coatings business in early 2010.

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