PPG Industries promoted Michael H. McGarry, currently its executive vice president, to chief operating officer. The move will be effective August 1.
According to the company, McGarry will have executive oversight responsibility for all of PPG’s strategic business units and operating regions and for the information technology (IT), environment, health and safety (EH&S), and purchasing functions. He will remain based at PPG’s global headquarters in Pittsburgh and will continue to report to chairman and CEO Charles E. Bunch.
“Michael’s experience and leadership have been instrumental in driving PPG’s transformation into the world’s leading coatings and specialty materials company,” says Bunch. “In this new role, Michael’s proven operational expertise and demonstrated ability to implement our business strategies will play a key role in our continued focus to deliver increased shareholder value.”
During his 33 years with PPG, McGarry has served in a variety of key business and functional leadership roles in the U.S., Europe and Asia. In addition, he helped lead several key strategic actions, including the acquisition of SigmaKalon, the separation of PPG’s former commodity chemicals business, the acquisition of AkzoNobel’s North American architectural coatings business, and most recently, the announced agreement to acquire Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V.
McGarry, who also serves as a director on the boards of Axiall Corporation and Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC, joined PPG in 1981 and was named executive vice president in September 2012. In this role, his leadership responsibilities have included the automotive refinish, aerospace, global architectural, and protective and marine coatings businesses, as well as the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific regions, and the EH&S and IT functions.