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01/04/2023

PPG makes leadership moves

Ram Vadlamannati, SVP, takes over new PPG operations role, among other appointments.
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Ram Vadlamannati, PPG senior vice president, will lead a newly created PPG operations organization. (Photo: Business Wire)

PPG announced several leadership appointments, effective immediately.

Ram Vadlamannati, currently senior vice president, protective and marine coatings (PMC), and president, PPG EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), will transition to lead a newly created PPG operations organization, while maintaining executive oversight accountability of PPG’s EMEA region. He will report to Tim Knavish president and CEO at PPG.

“PPG’s operations organization will encompass supply chain, operational excellence, manufacturing operations, procurement, and environment, health and safety functions. Leaders of those functions will report to Vadlamannati,” said the company.

In other moves, Amy Ericson, currently senior vice president, packaging coatings, will become senior vice president, PMC, succeeding Vadlamannati and reporting to Knavish. She will also assume executive oversight accountability for PPG’s Latin America region.

The firm said Ericson will continue to lead PPG’s packaging coatings business on an interim basis, until a new leader for the business is announced.

Kevin Braun, vice president, global industrial coatings and interim industrial segment leader, will assume executive oversight responsibility for the following PPG businesses: global automotive coatings, specialty coatings and materials, and packaging coatings.

Leaders for these businesses will report to Braun, who will also continue to lead PPG’s global industrial coatings business and report to Knavish.

Chancey Hagerty, vice president, global automotive refinish, will continue in his current role, and assume executive oversight accountability for the Asia Pacific region, reporting to Knavish.

“We are pleased to have a talented group of leaders with broad, proven experience, which provides continuity in driving our global business strategies and delivering shareholder value,” said Knavish.

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