CP50: PPG Industries Inc.
In 1883, Captain John B. Ford and John Pitcairn established the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (PPG). They set up shop in Creighton, Pa., along the Allegheny River about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh. In the early 1900s the company acquired the Patton Paint Company in Milwaukee. During this time, PPG also acquired the Columbia Chemical Co. in Barberton, Ohio, to ensure a supply of soda ash necessary to manufacture glass.
Today, PPG has manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 60 countries around the globe and provides coatings and specialty products and services to customers construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets.
Chairman and CEO
Bunch has been a director of PPG since 2002, according to Reuters. He was president and chief operating officer of PPG from July 2002 until he was elected president and CEO in March 2005 and chairman and CEO in July 2005. Before becoming president and COOr, he was executive vice president of PPG from 2000 to 2002 and senior vice president of strategic planning and corporate services of PPG from 1997 to 2000. Bunch is also a director of the H. J. Heinz Co. and The PNC Financial Services Group Inc.
Executive Vice President
Sekmakas leads PPG’s global protective and marine coatings business, its industrial and packaging coatings businesses and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Sekmakas previously served as PPG's senior vice president, industrial coatings, and president, PPG Europe.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Bost was named PPG's senior vice president, general counsel, in 2010. He joined PPG’s legal department in Pittsburgh in 1985, working with finance and transactions, and then served as assistant counsel in the international law section supporting the Asia/Pacific region and Canada. He was promoted in 1991 to senior counsel, environment, health and safety, and in 1995 to general counsel, PPG Europe, for which he relocated to Paris. Bost returned to Pittsburgh in 1997 as corporate counsel, transactions. In 2000, he was named assistant general counsel, operations, with initial responsibility for PPG’s commercial, labor and employment, and European attorneys, and responsibility added later for the company’s litigation; environment, health and safety; and intellectual property attorneys. Bost was appointed associate general counsel, operations, in 2005, leading legal support for PPG’s corporate operations, and he was named vice president in 2006.
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