PPG Announces Leadership Changes
Global coatings firm PPG (Pittsburgh) announced two leadership changes earlier this week: Diane Kappas, currently vice president, protective and marine coatings, Americas, was appointed as the vice president, Americas, automotive original equipment manufacturer coatings, and Juanjo Ardid, currently general manager of global adhesives and sealants, will become vice president, PMC, U.S. and Canada.
Kappas’ appointment begins Sept. 1, with Ardid’s taking effect Aug 1.
Kappas joined PPG in 1986 as a resin process engineer for the company’s industrial and packaging coatings businesses, eventually moving on to work with architectural coatings, including purchasing, operations management, technical and quality control management. Throughout her 30-year tenure with PPG, she has also served as plant manager for PPG’s specialty chemicals manufacturing facility at Barberton, Ohio; supply chain director for automotive replacement glass; and vice president of environment, health and safety, among other roles.
Kappas will be replacing Matt Marek, who joined PPG in 1994 in the company's acquisition of Nalco. Marek's tenure included working with automotive specialty products, industrial pretreatment and mill-applied products. Marek will be retiring.
Ardid, who joined PPG in 1992 as a finance analyst, has served through sales and marketing positions in industrial coatings and automotive OEM coatings. “In 2008, Ardid was appointed market director automotive parts and accessories decorative and in 2013 added responsibility for all Central Europe automotive OEM accounts,” PPG said in a press release. Currently, Ardid serves as general manager, global adhesives and sealants, a position to which he was appointed in 2015.