PPG Industries continues to bring 'innovation to the surface' with executive transition

PPG Industries continues to bring 'innovation to the surface' with executive transition.
PPG Industries continues to bring 'innovation to the surface' with executive transition.
Global coatings company PPG Industries recently announced a key appointment with the retirement of its long-time chief technology officer (CTO) in Pittsburgh, bringing new energy to the business known for high-quality, sustainable solutions in colorful product protection.

Effective Nov. 16, David Bem will step up to the role of vice president of science and technology and CTO-elect, replacing Charles F. Kahle II as he transitions toward his retirement on March 1, 2016. Bem previously served in several leadership roles at Dow Chemical, most recently as a research and development executive.

“David’s results-driven experience in leading global R&D organizations and his strong track record of launching innovative products across various technology platforms and business units will be invaluable assets to PPG,” PPG President and CEO Michael H. McGarry said.

Kahle has worked for PPG since 1987, when he joined as a research chemist. Having served in multiple capacities including associate directorship in R&D for silica and glass products, Kahle was named CTO in 2008.

PPG strives for leadership in a broad spectrum of industries, from construction and consumer products to industrial and transportation sectors, enhancing and protecting surfaces worldwide. The company was founded in 1883 and serves in over 70 nations from its global headquarters in Pittsburgh. PPG net sales in 2014 were reported as $15.4 billion.

PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world's leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. 


Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. Sales in 2012 were $15.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

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