HOUSTON – Following the November launch of International Paint Protective Coatings Centers throughout the United States and Canada, International Paint LLC has named the management team responsible for overseeing U.S. operations. Gary Ferguson has been named Vice President Distributor Sales & Store Operations, and Nick Butler has been named Manager, Store Operations.

Ferguson is responsible for managing all U.S. Protective Coatings Centers’ operations including all distributor sales initiatives. He is an AkzoNobel veteran of more than 28 years, having most recently served in the Decorative Paints North America division as Regional Manager, Sales & Operations for the Northeast region.

Butler will lead the Protective Coatings Centers’ team in delivering customer service, training and development, procedural compliance, and strict adherence to HSE&S standards. He has served the AkzoNobel Decorative Paints North America division for more than 23 years, holding a number of field management positions in the United States, with specific focus on the operational management of company-owned stores.

The Protective Coatings Centers will support and enhance International Paint’s reach to customers throughout North America by more than 200 percent and provide a more streamlined, integrated process for purchasing the brand’s full range of protective coatings, linings and fire-protection products.