WASHINGTON, D.C.-The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) board of directors unanimously approved the nomination of Charles E. (Chuck) Bunch, chairman of the board and CEO of PPG Industries Inc. (Pittsburgh), to become NAM chairman for the 2007-2008 term, commencing January 1, 2007. Bunch has served as vice chairman to NAM chairman John Luke since October 1, 2005.
As NAM chairman, Bunch will focus on reducing the costs of manufacturing in the United States, particularly with regard to reducing energy prices, taxes and litigation, and working for a solution to the asbestos crisis. He also is concerned about the need to invest more resources in the nation’s transportation infrastructure-
highways, bridges, railroads and airport facilities-and the growing skills shortage in manufacturing that threatens to get even worse as the Baby Boomer generation begins to retire in the next few years.
Bunch joined PPG in 1979 and held a series of management positions before being named general manager of architectural coatings in 1992. He was named vice president of that unit in 1994, and vice president, fiber glass, in 1995. Bunch was elected senior vice president of strategic planning and corporate services in 1997, and executive vice president, coatings, in 2000. In July 2002, Bunch was named president, CEO and board member, becoming CEO in March 2005, and taking his current post in July 2005.
The NAM board also confirmed Michael E. Campbell, chairman, president and CEO of Arch Chemicals Inc. (Norwalk, CT) to serve as NAM vice chairman. Campbell will serve as vice chairman during Bunch’s chairmanship, after which he will succeed Bunch for a two-year term as chairman.
NAM Welcomes New Chairman
December 1, 2006