Thiele earned a B.A. degree in economics from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, and an M.B.A degree with a concentration in finance from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. He brings a unique combination of industry knowledge and international experience.
Thiele worked for PPG for more than 20 years, where he held various finance leadership roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently Thiele was the VP and business controller for the Architectural Coatings and Protective and Marine Coatings segment. Prior to this, Thiele was the corporate treasurer, PPG. Thiele previously was the CFO Asia Pacific PPG and resided in Hong Kong.