AMPP Hires Alan Thomas as Next CEO

Washington, D.C. (March 3, 2023) –The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) has appointed Alan Thomas as the association’s new CEO, effective April 1. Alan brings over two decades of experience leading and expanding the reach of a variety of organizations, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer for GRIDIRON, LLC. In this role, he demonstrated his expertise in executive leadership by overseeing the acquisition and integration of a software as a service (SaaS) company and doubled the size of the business. 

Alan’s leadership experience also includes launching Array Coating Technology, LLC, an industrial blasting, coating, powder coating, and metal finishing company, and serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

Alan has a Master’s in Business Administration in Finance from Tulane University and a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally, Alan served in the U.S. Coast Guard for six years and received the U.S. Coast Guard Achievement Medal for distinguished leadership and exceptional performance of duty.

About the Association for Materials Protection and Performance

The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) is a global community of professionals focused on the protection of assets and the performance of industrial and natural materials. AMPP was established in 2021 following a merger between NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. The new association unites 145 years of corrosion control and protective coatings expertise and service to industry and members worldwide. Today, AMPP is the world’s largest corrosion control and protective coatings organization serving more than 30,000 members in 130 countries. AMPP is headquartered in the United States with offices in Houston and Pittsburgh, and additional offices in Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai (training center), Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom.

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