Volume 37, Issue 10, October 2002


Bunch Elected to PPG Industries Board
Charles E. Bunch has been elected to the board of the directors of PPG Industries. Previously executive vice president, coatings and senior vice president, strategic planning and corporate services, Bunch became president and chief operating officer of PPG in July. 

Bunch began his career at the company as an assistant to the corporate controller in 1979. In 1982 he was appointed manager of European financial analysis in Paris and was named manager of European flat glass and commercial products in 1985. The following year Bunch became managing director of PPG’s Italian glass subsidiary. In 1987 he returned to Pittsburgh where he was named corporate director of distribution and then assumed additional responsibility for purchasing. He was named general manager of architectural coatings in 1992, vice president of the unit in 1994 and vice president of fiberglass in 1995. In 1997 he was elected senior vice president and then took over as executive vice president in 2000.

In addition, Werner Baer has joined PPG Industries as vice president of information technology, responsible for managing the company’s global information technology systems and strategies. 

Before joining PPG, Baer had been global director of information systems field services for Dow Chemical. During his 19-year career at Dow, Baer held information technology leadership positions for the company in the United States, Switzerland, France, Spain and the Asia/Pacific region. Baer began his career in finance with IBM before joining Dow. 

A native of Switzerland, Baer, 44, earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration at the University of St. Gall, Switzerland.

Shroyer Named Customer Service Coordinator
Edgetech I.G. Inc., a division of Lauren International Inc., has announced the appointment of SHROYER Melinda Shroyer to the position of customer service coordinator. A customer service representative with Edgetech for two years, Shroyer’s duties now include coordinating customer visits, fulfillment of web requests from current and potential customers, publication of the customer service newsletter and handling ISO 9000 procedures for the customer service department. 

Shroyer is certified in business administration and will soon receive her associate’s degree in business administration from Stark State College.

Viracon Makes Personnel Changes to Enhance Sales and Marketing Effectiveness
Owatonna, Minn.-based Viracon has made a number of personnel changes to improve overall marketing and sales effectiveness. “These changes will help our sales and marketing teams become more aligned with our customers and help Viracon become a more effective organization,” said Brad Austin, senior vice president of sales and marketing.

HENSON Garrett Henson has been promoted to director of international sales. Previously Asia/Pacific business development manager, Henson is responsible for all aspects of international sales.

RICK V Rick Voelker’s title has changed from director of marketing/product development to technical director. Voelker will focus on product development and serve as technical expert internally and externally. He will also oversee the technical services department, the research and development department and the architectural design group.

CHRISTINE S Christine Shaffer will continue to serve as marketing director and will report directly to Brad Austin.

RON M Ron McCann             BOB R Bob Randall
Ron McCann, former director of architectural sales, and Bob Randall, international sales manager, will now both serve as sales directors for domestic sales operations. McCann will oversee the Eastern region and Randall will be responsible for the Western region. All corresponding field sales representatives and customer service department will report directly to the new sales directors.

AFGD Glass Announces Promotions
ANDERSON Atlanta-based AFGD Glass has announced the promotions of three of its employees. Most recently, assistant branch manager at AFGD’s Tulsa facility, Tim Andersen has been appointed manager of aluminum storefront systems. With more than ten years experience in metal products, Andersen was general manager of the architectural division for Coolidge Glass Co. Inc. before joining AFGD.

HARRIS Stan Harris has been promoted from sales consultant to sales manager at AFGD’s Marietta, Ga., facility. Harris began work in 1983 in manufacturing at AFGD where he worked for ten years before transferring to shipping, managing transportation and delivering glass. He was most recently a sales consultant and in 1997 and 1999 was named sales consultant of the year.

CARDWELL In addition, AFGD has named 19-year AFGD veteran Scott Cardwell to the position of Southeast architectural consultant. Cardwell’s duties include educating architects, specifiers, engineers and other design professionals concerning architectural glass products and the benefits of utilizing glass in building designs. Cardwell will also work alongside Don Armstrong, Mid-Atlantic architectural consultant, to provide continuing education programs that are approved and registered by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems (AIA/CES).

Boronat Named Managing Director for Primary Products Europe
Currently serving as chief executive for Pilkington’s building products South America division, Oscar Boronat has been appointed to the position of managing director of the company’s primary products Europe group, succeeding former director, Stuart Chambers. Boronat will be based in St. Helens, United Kingdom. 

Boronat’s successor as chief executive, building products, South America, and country manager, Brazil, will be Luiz Galvão, currently president of automotive, South America.

PPG’s Vice President Fisher Dies
Benjamin R. Fisher, 50, vice president of corporate marketing and communications for Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries, died September 8 from an apparent heart attack. 

Fisher had worked for PPG since 1995, joining as the company’s director of corporate marketing. He was elected vice president in December 2000.

Prior to joining PPG he served as vice president, business development, for H.J. Heinz Co. He graduated in 1970 from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. He earned a degree cum laude in business economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in business administration from The Wharton School.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Crawford Fisher, and children Benjamin R. Fisher III, 24, Katherine Wright Fisher, 21, Virginia Crawford Fisher, 18, and Chase Winslow Fisher, 12. 



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