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Paul Polman Elected to Dow Board of Directors

Published on 2010-02-16. Author : SpecialChem

MIDLAND, MI -- Dow announced that Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever PLC and Unilever N.V., has been elected to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Mr. Polman brings to Dow an exceptional understanding of both the chemical and related downstream consumer products industries. Prior to taking the helm at Unilever, Polman was a top executive of both Procter & Gamble Company and Nestlé. Polman was chief financial officer and executive vice president at Nestlé where he was also responsible for leading the Americas businesses. With 26 years of experience at Procter & Gamble, Polman served in a number of key leadership capacities, culminating in his appointment as group president Europe and officer of the Procter & Gamble Company.

"Paul Polman has a demonstrated track record in the household and consumers products markets. His experience and international perspective will be instrumental in helping guide the implementation of our transformational strategy to a more performance-based, market-focused company," said Andrew N. Liveris, Dow's chairman and CEO. "Paul's financial savvy, customer-focus and commitment to sustainability make him a tremendous addition to the Dow board."

In addition to his role as CEO of Unilever, Paul serves as President of the Kilimanjaro Blind trust and Chairman of Perkins International Advisory Board. He is a member of the European Round Table, The International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

About Dow:

Dow combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2009, Dow had annual sales of $45 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 214 sites in 37 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

Source: Dow


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