Dow Chemical has made a number of senior management changes which will affect the leadership ranks of the firm’s plastics businesses.Executive vice president James Fitterling – who since 2012 had led Dow’s performance plastics unit, including polyethylene – is now vice chairman of business operations. In the role Fitterling will have executive oversight of several Dow businesses, including packaging and specialty plastics, elastomers, electrical & telecommunications, polyurethanes, epoxy, specialty chemicals, chemicals, hydrocarbons, and energy.
Fitterling also will continue to oversee the carve-out and divestment of the firm’s previously announced chlorine, chlorinated organics and epoxy units. The 30-year Dow veteran also will handle supply chain responsibilities for several Dow businesses in place of David Kepler, who is retiring after 39 years with the group.
Dow executive vice president Joe Harlan has been named chief commercial officer and vice chairman for market businesses. In that role, he’ll have executive oversight for Dow’s market-driven businesses, including electronic materials, automotive systems, coating materials and building & construction. Each of those units include plastic-related products.
Harlan had led Dow’s chemicals, energy and performance materials – including polyurethane, epoxies, plastic additives and automotive systems – since 2012. He joined Dow in 2011 after a total of 30 years with 3M Corp. and General Electric Co.
Howard Ungerleider has been appointed chief financial officer, replacing William Weideman, who will end his 38-year Dow career at the end of 2014. Ungerleider has been with Dow for 24 years. He was commercial vice president of the firm’s basic plastics business from 2006-08 and president of performance plastics from 2011-12.
Dow chairman and chief executive Andrew Liveris said Ungerleider had been instrumental “in transforming Dow to a more market-driven, innovative and technology-led organization”.
Dow ranks as one of the world’s largest plastics and chemicals makers, with annual sales of more than $57bn (£35bn).