PITTSBURGH - John S. Ruch, PPG Industries Inc.'s manager of Corporate Public Information and a veteran of nearly 33 years with the company, announced his retirement, effective July 1. He has been succeeded by Jeffrey A. Worden, who was named manager of Public Relations and will be responsible for media relations and executive and internal communications.

Ruch joined PPG in 1968 as Public Relations representative for chemical businesses and later managed a public relations staff serving all PPG businesses. He became eastern region Public Relations manager in New York in 1976, returned to Pittsburgh in 1982 as Corporate Media Relations manager, and has held his current post since 1998. Prior to joining PPG, he was a reporter and bureau chief for United Press International and then worked in public relations for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Ruch is active in historic-preservation efforts, and is president of Historic Harmony, which operates a local history museum and owns historic properties in Harmony, PA.

Worden joined PPG in 1998 as senior business writer responsible for executive speechwriting and investor presentations as well as public-relations support. Previously he was senior speechwriter and manager of publications for six years at PNC Bank, and also was assistant sports editor at the Pittsburgh Press newspaper.