David Bem is vice president, science and technology, and chief technology officer of PPG. He joined the company as chief technology officer-elect in November 2015 and assumed his current role in March 2016.
Prior to joining PPG, Bem worked for Dow Chemical, most recently as vice president, research and development, consumer solutions and infrastructure solutions. Bem's previous roles with Dow include global research and development, director, core research and development; global research and development director, Dow Automotive Systems; and research and development director, hydrocarbons energy, chemicals and alternative feedstock.
Before he joined Dow in 2007, Bem worked in research-and-development roles with UOP LLC, a Honeywell company formerly known as Universal Oil Products; Torial, a subsidiary of UOP; and Celanese, where he advanced to become a member of the corporate executive committee and research and development director for engineering polymers/Ticona.
Bem's industry recognition includes two Edison Awards, an American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Award and an R&D 100 Award. He is a member and co-chair of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology of the National Academy of Sciences, and he has authored more than 20 technical publications and is named in nine U.S. patents. Bem also is a member on the board of directors of Brady Corp.
Bem earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from MIT.