Coatings Manufacturer PPG Announces Leadership Appointments

Ram Vadlamannati. Photo courtesy of PPG.

Paints, coatings, and specialty materials manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA) announced several leadership appointments at the start of 2023, effective immediately.

Ram Vadlamannati, currently senior vice president of the protective and marine coatings (PMC) division and president of PPG’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) business, is transitioning to lead a newly created PPG operations organization. In that role, he will also maintain executive oversight accountability of PPG’s EMEA region. 

He will report directly to Tim Knavish, president and CEO. 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.

Amy Ericson, currently senior vice president of packaging coatings, will become senior vice president of PMC, succeeding Vadlamannati and reporting to Knavish. She will also assume executive oversight accountability for PPG’s Latin America region. 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 of 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 of global automotive refinishing, will continue in his current role and assume executive oversight accountability for the Asia-Pacific region, reporting to Knavish.

“Congratulations to these PPG leaders on their expanded responsibilities and new roles,” Knavish says. “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. I look forward to working with the entire PPG leadership team and our more than 50,000 PPG people around the world to drive our purpose forward. We protect and beautify the world.”

Source: PPG,