PITTSBURGH— Coatings and specialty products company PPG Industries has named Bryan Iams vice president, corporate communications and marketing.

He will report to J. Rich Alexander, executive vice president, and will be responsible for PPG’s global external and internal communications including strategic messaging, media relations, crisis and issues management, brand management, public affairs and communications process management, and he will provide direct communications support to PPG Chairman and CEO Charles Bunch.

Iams joins PPG from FedEx, where he served since May as principal advisor, communications, for FedEx Ground headquartered in Pittsburgh. Previously, he directed external communications activities for Bayer Corp. and Bayer MaterialScience in North America as head of strategic and external communications.

He also spent seven years at global public relations agency Burson-Marsteller directing key accounts that included work with PPG.