PPG has announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Tim Knavish as both Chair of the Board of Directors and CEO, effective 1 October 2023. Currently PPG President and CEO, Knavish succeeds Michael McGarry, who served as Chairman and CEO from 2016 to 2022 and is retiring as Executive Chairman, also effective 1 October 2023.
“On behalf of the PPG Board Of Directors, we want to congratulate Tim and recognise the significant contributions Michael has made in leading PPG through some of the most challenging periods in its 140-year history,” said Hugh Grant, PPG Independent Lead Director. “Michael’s leadership has made a significant impact on expanding the company’s portfolio and reach in key growth markets, strengthened PPG’s position, and set the company on a solid path for future growth and success. We wish him the very best. As we look ahead, the board fully supports Tim and the entire PPG team as they work to achieve future growth and increased value for our shareholders.
“After a thoughtful and deliberative process, the Board Of Directors agreed that appointing Tim as Chair and CEO enhances the alignment between PPG management and the board in implementing PPG’s enterprise growth strategy. Tim has an intimate knowledge of the business, can quickly identify and implement strategic priorities, and has demonstrated the ability to serve as an effective bridge between the board and management,” added Grant.
Knavish joined PPG in 1987 at PPG’s global headquarters in Pittsburgh, USA and held roles of increasing responsibility during his 36 years with the company. Knavish has served in his current role since 1 January 2023 and previously served as Chief Operating Officer, beginning in March 2022. Prior to being named Chief Operating Officer, Knavish was Executive Vice President beginning in October 2019.