Ceramic Industry

PPG Appoints Beuke Vice President of Silica Products (posted 10/29/09)

October 29, 2009
Richard Beuke joined PPG in 1976 as an industrial coatings sales rep and currently serves as the company's vice president of Growth Initiatives.

PPG Industries recently announced that Richard A. Beuke has been appointed vice president of Silica Products, effective November 1. He will be based at the company’s Monroeville, Pa., chemicals center and report directly to Richard C. Elias, senior vice president, Optical and Specialty Materials. Beuke is currently PPG’s vice president of Growth Initiatives.

Beuke joined PPG in 1976 as an industrial coatings sales representative based in Oak Creek, Wis., and later served as regional industrial coatings sales manager for East Point, Ga., and for Oak Creek. He moved to Troy, Mich., in 1990 as marketing director of the Automotive Parts segment for automotive OEM coatings.

Beuke was named director of purchasing at PPG’s Pittsburgh headquarters in 1994, and he was appointed general manager of Silica Products in 1997. He was elected vice president of Architectural Coatings in 2000 and to his current post in 2006.

“Based on his success leading the Silica Products business from 1997 through 2000, Dick will be returning to ensure this business realizes its full growth potential,” said Elias. “He will be accountable for leveraging the existing portfolio of Teslin substrates and the core precipitated silicas business into potential new and different applications, as well as exploring innovations that would be additive to the business. The Silica Products business represents a significant growth opportunity today, and Dick’s recent experience leading our corporate growth initiatives will serve him well in this role.”

For more information, visit www.ppg.com.