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PPG Announces Management Assignments

PPG Industries has announced a series of management assignments that take effect May 1.

PPG Announces Management Assignments

PPG Industries has announced two management assignments. Reg Norton, director of global manufacturing and supply chain for PPG's automotive refinish business unit, has been appointed global director, environment, health and safety, effective April 1. He will replace David Cannon Jr., vice president, environment, health and safety, who is leaving the company on March 31. Lynne Schmidt, director of government affairs, will be promoted to vice president, government and community affairs, and executive director of the PPG Industries Foundation, effective July 1.

PITTSBURGH — PPG Industries has announced a series of management assignments that take effect May 1.

J. Rich Alexander, vice president, industrial coatings, has been elected senior vice president, coatings, responsible for the industrial, aerospace and architectural business units as well as coatings in the Asia/Pacific region.

Alexander joined PPG in 1978 as a fiber glass sales representative based in Detroit. He was named director of marketing for fiber glass reinforcements in 1992 and appointed director of marketing and sales, fiber glass electronics and specialty materials, in 1995. He became general manager of electronics and specialty materials in 1996, and general manager, fiber glass reinforcements, in 1997. He was appointed global general manager, general industrial coatings, in 2000, and elected vice president, industrial coatings, in 2002.

Garry Goudy, vice president, automotive aftermarket, has been elected senior vice president, automotive aftermarket. Goudy will continue to be responsible for PPG’s automotive refinish, automotive replacement glass and insurance and services businesses. In addition, he’ll be responsible for Latin America.

Goudy joined subsidiary PPG Canada Inc. in 1970 as a sales and marketing trainee in Toronto and progressed through a series of glass assignments before being named general manager of North American glass branch distribution in 1988. He later was general manager of North American flat glass sales and marketing; general manager of North American glass trade products; and general manager of auto replacement glass. He was elected vice president, automotive replacement glass, in 1997; vice president, automotive refinish coatings, in 2001; and to his current post in 2004.

Victoria Holt, vice president, fiber glass, has been elected senior vice president, glass and fiber glass, responsible for the fiber glass, flat glass and automotive OEM glass business units.

Holt joined PPG in February 2003 from Solutia, where she had been vice president and general manager of performance films. She began her career with Monsanto in 1979 selling commodity and specialty chemicals and rose to become vice president and general manager of Acrilan, a global acrylic fiber business that is part of Solutia, the chemicals business spun off by Monsanto in 1997. In 1998 she was named vice president of Saflex, which manufactures the raw materials and plastic sheet used in laminated automotive and architectural glass.

Kevin Sullivan, vice president, chemicals, has been elected senior vice president, chemicals. Sullivan will continue to be responsible for PPG’s chlor-alkali, fine chemicals, silicas and optical products businesses.

Sullivan joined PPG as a management trainee in the company’s fiber glass business in 1973 and was a sales representative in Atlanta and then Cleveland before being named reinforcements marketing manager in 1981. He was named Cincinnati zone sales manager the following year and director of fiber glass sales in 1985. Sullivan was appointed general manager, fiber glass reinforcements, in 1990, and elected vice president, fiber glass, in 1997. He was elected vice president, chemicals, in 2002.

William Wulfsohn, vice president, coatings, Europe, and managing director, PPG Europe, has been elected senior vice president, coatings, and managing director, PPG Europe. He will be responsible for automotive OEM and packaging business units as well as PPG’s coatings operations in Europe.

Wulfsohn joined PPG in February 2003 from Honeywell, where he had been vice president and general manager of nylon systems. He joined Honeywell in 2000 from Rohm & Haas, where he was vice president, corporate officer and automotive coatings business director. He joined Rohm & Haas when the company acquired Morton International in 1999, where he had been vice president and general manager of automotive coatings. He joined Morton in 1990 as industrial coatings director of marketing.

Additionally, Maurice Peconi, vice president, corporate development, will become vice president, corporate development and services. In addition to corporate development and information technology, Peconi will be responsible for purchasing and distribution; corporate marketing and communications; and quality.

Peconi joined PPG in 1972 as a programmer and became corporate economist in 1983. He was named manager of corporate planning services in 1984, director of corporate investments in 1988, general manager of aircraft special products in 1989 and general manager of flat glass products in 1994. Peconi was named general manager of architectural coatings in 1995 and elected vice president, architectural coatings, in 1997. He was elected vice president, electronic commerce, in 2000, and to his current post in early 2002.

The company also announced today the composition of its executive committee and a newly formed operating committee. The committee will include Charles Bunch, president and CEO, who as previously announced becomes chairman and CEO July 1; James C. Diggs, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary; and William H. Hernandez, senior vice president, finance.

In addition the following 14 individuals will serve on the operating committee: Aziz Giga, vice president, strategic planning; Kathleen McGuire, vice president, purchasing and distribution; David Navikas, vice president and controller; James Trainham, vice president, science and technology; and Charles Wise, vice president, human resources.

Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of coatings, glass, fiber glass and chemicals, with 108 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in 23 countries. Sales were $9.5 billion in 2004.

For more information about PPG, visit: www.ppg.com.

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PITTSBURGH — PPG Industries has announced two management assignments.

Reg Norton, director of global manufacturing and supply chain for PPG’s automotive refinish business unit, has been appointed global director, environment, health and safety, effective April 1. He will replace David Cannon Jr., vice president, environment, health and safety, who is leaving the company on March 31.

Lynne Schmidt, director of government affairs, will be promoted to vice president, government and community affairs, and executive director of the PPG Industries Foundation, effective July 1. She will replace Jeffrey Gilbert, who is retiring as of the same date after more than 38 years with PPG.

Norton joined PPG in 1999 in the company’s acquisition of the ICI automotive refinish business, moving to the U.S. from England and assuming his current role in 2000. Norton was responsible for ICI’s Stowmarket, England, plant, which manufactured automotive, industrial, refinish and architectural coatings as well as resins. He later served as general manager, supply chain, for ICI’s global automotive refinish business. Before joining ICI in 1989, he worked in manufacturing and technology roles for Tioxide and BP Chemicals.

Cannon joined PPG’s law department in 1981 as an environmental attorney after serving with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of the Interior. In 1987 he assumed leadership of the environmental law section, and in 1989 was promoted to group counsel for the chemicals group. After serving the chemicals businesses for five years, he was promoted to associate general counsel in 1994 and appointed vice president, environment, health and safety, in 1996.

Schmidt joined PPG’s law department in 1984 following four years with the National Labor Relations Board in Cincinnati, where she was involved in labor and employment law, litigation and commercial law. From 1995 to December 2000, she managed the labor, employment and benefits section of the law department. She was appointed to her present position in December 2000.

Gilbert joined PPG in August 1965 as a personnel assistant at the Crystal City, Mo., glass plant. After human resources assignments in Pittsburgh, Crystal City, Carlisle, Pa., and Huntsville, Ala., he returned to Pittsburgh in October 1976 and worked in labor, staffing and equal employment opportunity. As director of policy and practice, he relocated to Paris in 1995, returning to Pittsburgh in 1997 as director, international human resources and acquisitions. He was elected to his current position in 2000. Gilbert is an industrial administration graduate of Iowa State University.

Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries is a global supplier of coatings, glass and fiber glass and chemicals, with manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in 23 countries. Sales were $8.8 billion in 2003.

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