By Frank Esposito, Plastics News staff
Midland, Michigan -- Dow Chemical Co. is rearranging its leadership structure by forming a new executive committee and naming business presidents.
The members of the executive committee were identified in a 4 Sept news release from Midland, Michigan-based Dow, and include:
• Chairman and ceo Andrew Liveris, who has been with Dow for 36 years and has served as ceo since 2004.
• Executive vice president James Fitterling, 50, will have oversight of Performance Plastics -- including polyethylene and elastomers -- and feedstocks, as well as Dow's businesses in Asia and Latin America. Fitterling has been with Dow for 28 years.
• Executive vice president Joe Harlan, 53, will have oversight of chemicals, energy and Performance Materials - including polyurethane, epoxies, plastic additives and automotive systems. Harlan has been with Dow since 2011. His previous experience includes 10 years with 3M Corp. and 20 years with the General Electric Co., where he worked in plastics and other areas.
• Executive vice president Howard Ungerleider, 44, will have oversight of Advanced Materials, including coatings and infrastructure solutions and electronic and functional materials. Ungerleider has been with Dow for 22 years.
• Chief financial officer and executive vice president Bill Weideman, 58, will have oversight of finance, Dow AgroSciences and corporate development. Weideman has been with Dow for 36 years.
Dow ranks as one of the world's largest plastics and chemicals makers. In 2011, the firm posted sales of just under $60 billion, up almost 12 percent vs. 2010.