WASHINGTON – The American Coatings Association (ACA) announced new leadership appointments to its Board of Directors, which became effective April 1. Michael H. McGarry, PPG Chairman and CEO, will serve as ACA Chairman; and Dan Calkins, Chairman & CEO of Benjamin Moore & Co., will serve as ACA Vice Chairman and Treasurer.
In their roles, McGarry and Calkins will provide strategic direction on association finances and organizational and policy initiatives. Both McGarry and Calkins will serve two-year terms, ending in April 2022.
McGarry became Chairman of the PPG Board on Sept. 1, 2016, after transitioning into the CEO role in September 2015. He joined the company in 1981 as an engineer at the company’s Lake Charles, Louisiana, chemicals complex. He then progressed through management roles, including Market Development Manager, Silica Products; Operations Manager, Silicas, Thailand; Business Manager, TESLIN® sheet; and Product Manager in the derivatives, chlorine, liquid and dry caustic soda businesses.
In 2000, McGarry became PPG’s General Manager, Fine Chemicals, and in 2004, was named Vice President, Chlor-Alkali and Derivatives. He relocated to PPG’s European headquarters in Rolle, Switzerland, as Vice President, Coatings, Europe, and became Managing Director, PPG Europe, in 2006. McGarry returned to the United States as Senior Vice President of the Commodity Chemicals reporting segment in 2008, and was elected Executive Vice President in 2012 and COO in 2014. He was named President and COO in March 2015, and joined the company’s board of directors in July 2015 while serving in that role.
Calkins was named Chairman and CEO of Benjamin Moore on Jan. 8, 2019, after serving as President and COO. He has been with the company for 32 years and has held a series of progressively influential and responsible positions within sales leadership, forging alliances with independent retailers that resulted in exponential growth for both them and the company. During his time as COO, Calkins oversaw the manufacturing operations, sales, marketing, legal and IT functions. He also served as President of Global Sales, where he influenced growth and an ambitious strategy for expanding distribution through the independent channel.