PPG Industries has appointed Timothy M. Knavish vice president, automotive coatings, Americas. Knavish is currently PPG general manager, automotive coatings, Americas. He will continue to be based at the PPG automotive coatings headquarters in Troy, MI and will report directly to Cynthia A. Niekamp, vice president, automotive coatings. Knavish joined PPG in 1987, in flat glass engineering at the company’s corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh. Knavish moved to the company’s architectural coatings business in 2000, becoming plant manager for the East Point, GA manufacturing facility. In 2002, he moved to Pittsburgh as director, supply chain, automotive replacement glass, and in 2004, he became global director, manufacturing and supply chain, for the automotive refinish coatings business. Knavish moved to Australia in 2005, as managing director, Australia and New Zealand coatings, and general manager, automotive refinish. In 2007, he assumed responsibility in Troy as general manager, automotive coatings, Americas.
PPG Industries has also appointed John R. Outcalt vice president, automotive refinish. He will assume global responsibility for PPG’s automotive refinish business. Outcalt is currently vice president, automotive refinish, Americas. He will continue to be based at PPG’s automotive refinish business headquarters in Strongsville, Ohio, and will report directly to J. Rich Alexander, senior vice president, Performance Coatings. Outcalt joined PPG’s automotive OEM coatings business in 1983 as marketing services manager on the Chrysler account. After progressing through various marketing, marketing services, technical, sales and management positions within automotive OEM coatings, Outcalt became director of network sales for automotive refinish in 1996. Outcalt then served as director of collision center operations and director of sales, North America, refinish, before joining PPG’s insurance and services business as general manager. In October 2005, he served as general manager, refinish, United States and Canada. In December 2007, Outcalt was named to his current position.