PPG Appoints Knavish to COO Role

PPG appointed Tim Knavish as chief operating officer, effective March 1, 2022. Photo courtesy of Business Wire.

PPG (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA) recently announced the appointment of Tim Knavish, who was the company’s executive vice president, as chief operating officer (COO), effective March 1.

Knavish will have executive oversight responsibility for all of PPG’s strategic business units and operating regions, as well as for the information technology, environment, health and safety, and procurement functions. He will remain based at PPG’s global headquarters in Pittsburgh and will continue to report to chairman and CEO Michael McGarry.

“Tim’s proven experience and leadership throughout his 35-year career at PPG have been instrumental in driving PPG’s performance as a leading coatings and specialty materials company,” says McGarry. “Tim has worked in virtually all of PPG’s businesses and has made structural improvements in each business that he managed. He also played a key role in the most recent Tikkurila and Ennis-Flint acquisitions. Plus, in his primary role as leader of our global architectural business, Tim is delivering further global collaboration, leading the adoption of new digital processes and delivering improved financial performance. In this new role, Tim’s broad operational expertise, global experience and demonstrated ability to lead our business strategies will play a key role in our continued focus to drive growth and deliver increased shareholder value.”

In January 2019, Knavish was appointed senior vice president, architectural coatings and president, PPG EMEA, before being named executive vice president in October 2019. As executive vice president, he has been responsible for the global architectural coatings businesses, excluding the Latin America business, which was added to his responsibilities this year; the global automotive refinish business; the Latin America region; and the digital and information technology functions.

A native of Pittsburgh, Knavish earned both a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. He currently serves on the board of directors of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Source: PPG, https://news.ppg.com.