PPG Appoints Kappas as Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety
September 8, 2011

PPG Industries in Pittsburgh has appointed Diane Kappas as vice president, environment, health and safety (EHS), effective October 1, reporting to Michael H. McGarry, senior vice president of commodity chemicals. She will succeed John Richter, who has been named vice president of operations, coatings, Asia/Pacific, at PPG's China headquarters in Shanghai.

In her new role, 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 PPG in 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, she was named manager, corporate diversity, and in 2001, she became plant manager of the Barberton, Ohio, specialty chemicals facility. In 2004, she became director, supply chain, automotive replacement glass and North America refinish, and in 2007, she assumed her current assignment as business director, TESLIN(R) products, in the silicas business.

Kappas earned her bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Business Administration degree from Duquesne University.

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