Executive Promotions Underway at PPG


PPG Industries has announced several new leadership appointments, including senior vice presidents in three divisions, as well as the retirement of the current senior vice president, automotive coatings. 

Tim Knavish will succeed Cindy Niekamp as senior vice president, automotive coatings, the company announced Monday (Jan. 25).

Jean-Marie Greindl will take on the duties of senior vice president for global architectural coatings, and Ram Vadlamannati will assume responsibility as senior vice president of protective and marine coatings (PMC) and corporate development.

All position changes will be effective March 1.

Niekamp to Retire, Knavish Advances

Having served as an automotive coatings executive with PPG for the past seven years, Niekamp has announced her plans to retire from the company March 1.

She joined PPG as vice president, automotive coatings in 2009; advanced to the senior vice president role and became a member of the PPG Operating Committee in 2010; and took on oversight responsibility for Latin America in 2012.

Niekamp led PPG’s automotive original equipment manufacturer coatings business in achieving strong revenue growth and profitability during a challenging time in the global automotive industry, the company said.

With her departure, Tim Knavish will move into the senior vice president, automotive coatings role.

Knavish will continue to oversee PPG’s Latin America operations and its corporate environment, health and safety function.

He is currently PPG vice president, global PMC.

Griendl, Vadlamannati Move Up

Greindl has been appointed senior vice president, global architectural coatings and will continue his duties as president, PPG Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

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Jean-Marie Greindl (left) and Ram Vadlamannati (right) will take responsibility as senior vice president, global architectural coatings and senior vice president of protective and marine coatings, respectively.

He will hold responsibility for all architectural coatings activities in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, as well as the U.S. and Canada, and oversight of all PPG business in the EMEA region.

Greindl is currently vice president, automotive coatings, EMEA, and president, PPG EMEA.

As the current vice president, architectural coatings, EMEA, Vadlamannati has been promoted to senior vice president, PMC and corporate development.

He will continue to oversee the corporate information technology function for the company in addition to assuming oversight of PPG’s strategic planning and corporate development function.


Tagged categories: Architectural coatings; Asia Pacific; Automotive coatings; Business management; Business matters; Coating Business; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; Marine Coatings; North America; Personnel; Personnel changes; PPG; Program/Project Management

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