Ripp, 61, was chairman and chief executive officer of electrical products company AMP Incorporated, until it was acquired in 1999. Previously at AMP, Ripp served as executive vice president, sales and marketing, and vice president and chief financial officer.
Ripp earned a bachelor's degree from Iona College and a master's degree from New York University, both in economics.
Founded in 1883, Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries is a global supplier of coatings, glass, fiber glass and chemicals, with 113 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in 23 countries. Sales were US$8.1 billion in 2002.