PPG appoints Meri Vainikka as vice chairman, Architectural Coatings, EMEA, North and East

PITTSBURGH – (BUSINESS WIRE) – PPG (NYSE: PPG) today announced the appointment of Meri Vainikka as Vice President, Architectural Coatings (AC), Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), North and East, effective immediately. She reports to Tim Knavish, Executive Vice President of PPG.

In this key leadership role, Vainikka will have full responsibility for the AC EMEA North and East region, which includes Tikkurila’s legacy business. She will work closely with Tikkurila’s integration team to ensure a continuous, effective transition over the coming months.

Vainikka joined Tikkurila in January 2017 as Director of Marketing Communications. She was named Senior Vice President in May 2017. In this role, she led strategic marketing, product management, and research and development (R&D) for the company.

Before joining Tikkurila, Vainikka had more than 15 years of experience increasing strategic and operational responsibility, leading business development, marketing, R&D and product portfolios in both B2C and B2B business environments with strong global and national brands including Hartwall, L’Oréal, Mars and MasterFoods.

Vainikka holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration. Vainikka also completed an MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree from the University of South Carolina.


At PPG (NYSE: PPG) we work every day to develop and deliver colors, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 135 years. Through commitment and creativity we solve the greatest challenges of our customers and find the right way in close cooperation. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, we innovate in more than 75 countries with net sales of $ 13.8 billion in 2020. We serve customers in the construction, consumer goods, industrial and transportation, and aftermarket sectors. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

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