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ACA Taps Benjamin Moore, PPG CEOs for Board

Thursday, May 7, 2020

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The American Coatings Association recently announced two leadership appointments to its Board of Directors, effective April 1.

Michael H. McGarry, CEO and chairman of PPG, and Dan Calkins, CEO and chairman of Benjamin Moore & Co., will now serve as ACA chairman and vice chairman/treasurer, respectively.

According to ACA, McGarry and Calkins will provide strategic direction on association finances, and organizational and policy initiatives. Both McGarry and Calkins will serve two-year terms, ending in April 2022.

About McGarry

McGarry joined PPG in 1981 as an engineer at the company’s Lake Charles, Louisiana, chemicals complex. After progressing through several roles, he became PPG’s general manager, fine chemicals in 2000, and in 2004 was named vice president, chlor-alkali and derivatives.

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The American Coatings Association recently announced two leadership appointments to its Board of Directors, effective April 1.

He relocated to PPG’s European headquarters in Rolle, Switzerland, as vice president, coatings, Europe, and became managing director, PPG Europe, in 2006.

McGarry returned to the U.S. as senior vice president of the Commodity Chemicals reporting segment in 2008 and was elected executive vice president in 2012 and COO in 2014. He was named president and COO in March 2015 and joined the company’s board of directors in July 2015 while serving in that role.

After transitioning into the CEO role in September 2015, he became chairman of the PPG Board in September 2016.

McGarry also currently serves on the Board of Directors of United States Steel Corporation. A native of New Orleans, McGarry is a mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Texas and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

About Calkins

Calkins was named chairman and CEO of Benjamin Moore in January 2019, after serving as president and COO. He has been with the company for 32 years and has held a series of positions within sales leadership.

During his time as COO, Calkins oversaw the manufacturing operations, sales, marketing, legal and IT functions. He also served as president of global sales.

Calkins served on the board of Alpha Workshops, a nonprofit organization providing decorative arts education and employment to at-risk youths and adults with disabilities or other vulnerabilities. He holds a BA in international relations and economics from Northern Illinois University.


Editor's Note: This article was corrected at 2:45 p.m., May 7, to adjust the years that Michael McGarry was promoted at PPG.


Tagged categories: American Coatings Association; American Coatings Association (ACA); Associations; Benjamin Moore; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; PPG

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