PPG Industries recently announced that J. Craig Jordan, PPG director of Labor Compensation and Employee Relations, will succeed Charles W. “Bud” Wise as vice president of Human Resources, effective August 1, when Wise will retire from the company. Jordan will become a member of PPG’s operating committee, reporting to Charles E. Bunch, chairman and CEO.
“Craig has demonstrated throughout his career that he can manage complex issues and that he is an advocate of change,” Bunch said. “I look forward to having him as a member of my leadership team.
“Although his retirement is several months off, I want to thank Bud for his strong leadership and guidance during this period of rapid transformation in our company. He has contributed to the overall strategic direction of the company and has been instrumental in guiding PPG through the organizational transformation associated with the acquisition of SigmaKalon, the divestiture of the automotive glass business and the rapid growth of our organization in Asia.”
Jordan joined PPG in 1989 as director of Human Resources at the company’s Natrium, W.Va., plant, and in 1992 he moved to the corporate labor relations staff as manager of Industrial Relations. In 1994, he was appointed director of Human Resources for the fiber glass business, and, in 1999, he became director of Human Resources for optical products. Jordan assumed responsibility for corporate industrial relations in 2003, and his responsibilities subsequently expanded to include employee relations, policy and compensation. Jordan earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University.
Wise joined PPG in 1969 at its former Mount Vernon, Ohio, glass plant. After serving as a member of the faculty at Juniata College from 1973 to 1979, Wise returned to PPG and progressed through numerous human resources management roles in the coatings businesses and at the corporate level prior to being elected to his current post. Wise earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the Human Resources Policy Association.
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