Axiall Corporation (NYSE: AXLL) today announced the addition of three members to its Board of Directors, effective immediately: Dr. Victoria Haynes, Michael McGarry and Robert Ripp. With the additional members, Axiall’s board comprises 11 directors.
“I am pleased to welcome three new directors who have deep business experience and a solid understanding of the commodity chemicals industry,” said Chairman Mark Noetzel. “We look forward to their contributions in helping to ensure the newly launched Axiall Corporation provides long-term shareholder value.”
Haynes has been a director of PPG Industries since 2003. She also is a director of Nucor Corporation and is a member of the Supervisory Board of Royal DSM, a global life sciences and material sciences company. Haynes served as president and chief executive officer of RTI International, which performs scientific research and development in advanced technologies, public policy, environmental protection, and health and medicine, from 1999 until retiring in 2012.
Ripp has been a director of PPG Industries since 2003. He also is a director of ACE Limited, and has served as director and chairman of Lightpath Technologies, a manufacturer of optical lens and module assemblies for the telecom sector, since 1999. Earlier, Ripp was chairman and chief executive officer of AMP Incorporated, a publicly traded, international company.
McGarry became executive vice president of PPG Industries Inc. in 2012. In this role, he assumed leadership responsibility for PPG's Asia Pacific region, its global aerospace products and automotive refinish businesses, and its commodity chemical business, which merged with Georgia Gulf to become Axiall. McGarry’s responsibilities also include corporate oversight for all PPG environmental, health and safety activities and the global information technology function. Earlier, he was senior vice president of PPG’s commodity chemical business.
Axiall Corporation is a leading integrated chemicals and building products company. It is an international manufacturer of chlor-alkali and derivatives, chlorovinyls and aromatics products including chlorine, caustic soda, vinyl chloride monomer, chlorinated solvents, calcium hypochlorite, ethylene dichloride, muriatic acid, phosgene derivatives, polyvinyl chloride, vinyl compounds, acetone, cumene and phenol. It also manufactures vinyl-based building and home improvement products that are marketed under the Royal Building Products and Exterior Portfolio brands, including window and door profiles, siding, mouldings, pipe and pipe fittings, and decking. Axiall, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, has manufacturing facilities located throughout North America and in Asia to provide industry-leading materials and services to customers. For more information, visit
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