CP50: Dow Chemical Co.
Dow, Midland, Mich., is a diversified chemical company that delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in around 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products.
The Dow Chemical Co.’s history started May 18, 1897, when the company was incorporated based on Herbert H. Dow's plan to manufacture and sell bleach on a commercial scale. One year later, the first commercial scale production of bleach begin.
In 1913 Mr. Dow announces the company will exit the bleach business and the company focus shifts to the value of chlorine as a raw material.
Diversification in products, as well as employees, is evident in 1929, when Dow hires its first woman researcher, Sylvia Stoesser.
Fast forward to today, and the company enjoys annual sales of $54 billion and employs 46,000 people worldwide.
Andrew N. Liveris
President, Chairman and CEO
Liveris' 37-year Dow career has spanned manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management. He has spent the bulk of his career in Asia, where he was general manager for the company's operations in Thailand, and later head of all Asia-Pacific operations. He began his Dow career in 1976 in Australia. He has been a member of Dow's Board of Directors since February 2004 and was elected as Chairman of the Board effective April 1, 2006.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Weideman joined Dow in 1976. He has had numerous controller and finance leadership assignments in his 36-year career at Dow, including controller for Texas operations and global business finance director for specialty chemicals, performance chemicals, basic chemicals and basic plastics. He was appointed vice president and corporate controller in 2006, interim chief financial officer in November 2009 and was named to his current position in 2010. He assumed responsibility for corporate strategic development and executive oversight for Dow AgroSciences in August 2012. He also is a member of the company’s executive committee. Weideman also serves on the board of Dow Corning Corp., the Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union, and Mid Michigan Medical Health. He also is a member of Central Michigan University Board of Trustees.
David E. Kepler
Executive Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer and Chief Information Officer
Kepler is executive vice president, chief sustainability officer (CSO) and chief information officer (CIO) for The Dow Chemical Co. As CSO, Kepler is responsible for environment, health and safety and leading the company's commitment to “set the standard for sustainability.” He chairs Dow’s sustainability team that provides executive oversight for the company’s sustainable performance, which includes achieving the company's aggressive 2015 sustainability goals. As CIO, a role he has held for over a decade, Kepler is a recognized leader in areas such as cyber security, risk management, value delivery and provides advice and guidance across industry. Kepler was appointed to the U.S. National Infrastructure Advisory Council that advises the U.S. president on issues related to the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure sectors and their functional systems, physical assets and cyber networks.