PITTSBURGH — Douglas C. Hepper has been appointed vice president of Automotive Refinish at PPG Industries Inc. He had been general manager of the business since 1997, and joined the company in 1973 as a chemist.

Hepper has held a series of positions in PPG’s coatings businesses, including European coatings operations manager; automotive OEM coatings technical coordinator; director of electrodeposition coatings marketing; and international managing director, automotive refinish.