“These executives have demonstrated strong performance in leading their respective businesses. I am confident that Dave and Anup will continue to contribute significantly to PPG’s business success in these key leadership roles,” Sekmakas said.
Rick Elias, previously senior vice president, Optical and Specialty Materials, has retired from the company. Elias joined PPG in 1975 as a chemist at the company’s Allison Park, PA coatings research and development center. He was named vice president of sales and marketing when Transitions Optical, Inc. was established in 1990, and he progressed through various leadership roles in PPG’s optical products business, prior to being named senior vice president, optical and specialty materials, in 2008.
“Rick’s leadership in building the Transitions Optical business from the ground up to its current status as a global leader in photochromic ophthalmic eyewear is one of PPG’s greatest success stories,” said PPG chairman and CEO Charles E. Bunch.