PPG today announced Radhika Batra will join the company as vice president, purchasing and logistics, effective March 7. Steve Lampe, current PPG vice president, purchasing and logistics, has announced he will retire May 1.
Batra was previously vice president, global supply management, at BorgWarner Turbo Systems in Auburn Hills, Michigan. She also held executive-level positions in procurement at Owens-Illinois Inc. in Perrysburg, Ohio; Solutia Inc. in St. Louis; and Rohm and Haas Co. in Philadelphia. Batra earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Stella Maris College, India; a master’s degree in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras; a doctorate in organic chemistry at Columbia University in New York; and a Master of Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She is a “green belt” in Lean Six Sigma and earned Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) and Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) certifications from the Institute for Supply Management in Arizona.
This equipment will significantly lower the site’s CO2 emissions, reduce flaring and save around 60 gigawatt hours (GWh) energy each year. Project kick-off is in February 2021, with completion planned for 2023.
The acquisition significantly strengthens and expands Grace’s existing pharma portfolio. Pharma & Consumer is the largest, fastest growing and most profitable subsegment within Grace’s Materials Technologies business.
Solvay says it has decided to organize its soda ash and derivatives business into a separate and fully controlled legal structure.