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PPG Architectural Coatings Honored by CIO Magazine as CIO 100 Award Winner

By Business Wire News   


IDG’s CIO® Magazine announced PPG Architectural Coatings U.S. and Canada (USCA) as a recipient of the 2015 CIO 100® Award. PPG was honored for the development of a digital kiosk that aids consumers in selecting paint colors for home décor projects. The award recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).

The award-winning kiosk, the PPG Color Work Station, was released in May 2014 as part of a new in-store retail color palette display with an integrated 42-inch digital touchscreen work station. The integrated digital work station provides tools to help customers explore color options such as the abilities to virtually paint room images with any color, to scan color chips and brochures with a barcode reader to view color on a larger scale on the screen, and to receive swatches and images of virtually painted rooms at home via email to view later. The state-of-the-art kiosk is part of THE VOICE OF COLOR® program by PPG and can be found at PPG PAINTS™ stores and independent dealer locations across the U.S.

“It is truly an honor to once again be a recipient of the CIO 100 Award. This recognition helps reinforce PPG’s commitment to deliver differentiated technology solutions to support the strategic initiatives of our businesses,” said Werner Baer, vice president of information technology, PPG Industries. “Our goal as an IT organization is to continually drive toward innovative solutions that will enable a competitive advantage for the businesses we serve.”

“For 28 years now, the CIO 100 awards have honored the innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value,” said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief, CIO Magazine & Events. “Our 2015 winners are an outstanding example of the transformative power of IT to drive everything from revenue growth to competitive advantage.”

Recipients of this year’s CIO 100 Award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of external judges (many of them former chief information officers) reviewed the applications in depth, looking for leading-edge IT practices and measurable results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges’ recommendations and selected the final 100.

Executives from the winning companies will be recognized at The CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony on August 11 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Coverage of the 2015 CIO 100 Awards will be available online at on Aug. 1 and in the August issue of CIO magazine.

PPG Architectural Coatings is a business of PPG Industries, the world’s leading coatings company. Learn more at

About PPG Architectural Coatings

PPG Architectural Coatings U.S. and Canada is an industry leader in residential and commercial coatings, delivering the latest technologies and operational advancements through its strong portfolio of brands. It is a business of PPG Industries, the world’s leading coatings company, and manufactures and sells interior and exterior paints, stains, caulks, repair products, adhesives and sealants for homeowners and professionals. Its distribution network includes more than 15,000 touchpoints through company-owned stores, independent dealer locations and all major home improvement centers across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit


PPG Industries’ vision is to be the world’s leading coatings company by consistently delivering high-quality, innovative and sustainable solutions that customers trust to protect and beautify their products and surroundings. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG provides added value to customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. Reported net sales in 2014 were $15.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.

About CIO

CIO is the premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of IT transformation in the enterprise. The award-winning CIO portfolio–, CIO magazine (launched in 1987), CIO executive programs, CIO strategic marketing solutions, CIO Forum on LinkedIn, CIO Executive Council and CIO primary research—provides business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT’s role in achieving business goals. Additionally, CIO provides opportunities for IT solution providers to reach this executive IT audience. The CIO Executive Council is a professional organization of CIOs created to serve as an unbiased and trusted peer advisory group. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at

Bringing innovation to the surface and the PPG Logo are registered trademarks and PPG Paints is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

The Voice of Color is a registered trademark of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc.

CIO and CIO 100 are registered trademarks of International Data Group, Inc.

PPG Industries, Inc.
Jamie Altman, 724-742-5599
Katie Kirkpatrick, 724-742-5352


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