Paint manufacturer PPG industries announced the promotion of Diane Kappas as VP environment, health and safety, effective Oct. 1. She will report to Michael Garry, senior VP commodity chemicals. Kappas will lead all aspects of PPG’s global environmental affairs, including product stewardship, health, safety, compliance assurance and the corporate medical function. She also will provide leadership for PPG’s corporate sustainability programs.
Kappas joined the Pittsburgh-based company 1986 as an engineer trainee in industrial coatings. She progressed through a series of coatings manufacturing roles at PPG sites in Springdale, Pa.; Oak Creek, Wis.; Dover, Del.; and East Point, Ga. In 1998, Kappas was named manager, corporate diversity, and in 2001, she became plant manager of the Barberton, Ohio, specialty chemicals facility. In 2004, she became director of supply chain, automotive replacement glass and North America refinish, and in 2007, she assumed her current assignment as business director of TESLIN products in the silicas business.
Kappas will succeed John Richter, who has been named VP operations, coatings, Asia/Pacific, at PPG’s China headquarters in Shanghai.