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PPG Announces Personnel Appointments

November 19, 2013
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PPG Industries recently announced that Diane M. Kappas has been appointed vice president, Americas, for the Protective and Marine Coatings (PMC) business, effective December 1. Jane Valenta has been appointed to Kappas’ previous role of vice president, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), effective December 1.

Kappas will assume full responsibility for PPG’s PMC business in the U.S., Canada and Latin America, and will report to Tim Knavish, global vice president, PMC. Kappas joined PPG in 1986 as an engineer trainee in the industrial coatings business, and she has advanced through positions in corporate diversity as well as facility, supply chain, and product management.

Reporting to Michael H. McGarry, executive vice president, Valenta will assume responsibility for all EHS functions, including environmental affairs, product stewardship, health, safety, compliance assurance and corporate medical. In addition, she will contribute to PPG’s corporate sustainability efforts. Valenta is currently associate director of Performance Coatings for research and development, supporting the Aerospace, Architectural Coatings, Automotive Refinish and PMC businesses. Valenta joined PPG in 1986 as a chemist trainee with the automotive OEM coatings business at the Allison Park, Pa., Coatings Innovation Center, and has held positions of increasing responsibility in product development.

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