Dow names new CEO, reports record sales

Dow Chemical named president and COO Andrew N. Liveris as president and CEO effective Nov. 1, 2004, to replace William S. Stavropoulos, CEO and chairman, who will continue as chairman. It also reported 2Q sales of $9.8 billion, 19% more than the same period in 2003.

MIDLAND, MI, Aug. 2, 2004 (Dow) -- The Dow Chemical Co.'s Board of Directors today announced Andrew N. Liveris, president and COO, will become president and CEO effective Nov. 1, 2004. William S. Stavropoulos, CEO and chairman of Dow's Board of Directors, will continue as chairman.

The company also reported July 29 that it had record sales for the second quarter of $9.8 billion, 19% higher than the same period in 2003 and reflecting an 11% increase in volume and an 8% increase in price. Net income was $685 million, 74% over the same period a year ago. Continuing to exert margin pressure, purchased feedstocks and energy costs rose more than $600 million over last year's second quarter.

Liveris, 50, was elected to his current position in November 2003.

"Andrew has in-depth understanding and proven results in international business, and has demonstrated strong strategic skills and visionary leadership throughout his 28-year career," said Stavropoulos. "He has the vision, focus and drive necessary to continue the significant progress Dow has made in restoring its financial strength and advancing its strategy."

Liveris joined Dow in 1976. His career has spanned manufacturing, sales, marketing, new business development and management. He has worked for Dow in Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong and the United States. Prior to being named president and COO, Liveris served as business group president of Dow's Performance Chemicals portfolio.

Liveris was elected to Dow's Board of Directors earlier this year. He also serves on the board of Dow Corning Corp. He's a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers - UK, and a member of the executive committee of The Society of Chemical Industry. He also has served in leadership positions for the Soap and Detergent Association and the American Chemistry Council. Lastly, he's a member of the board of trustees of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation and the Midland advisory board of Comerica Bank. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Stavropoulos, 65, joined Dow in 1967 and held a variety of research and business positions and became president of Dow Latin America in 1984. In 1990, Stavropoulos was named president of Dow U.S.A. and was elected a vice president of Dow. Stavropoulos has been a member of the Board of Directors of Dow since July 1990 and became chief operating officer in 1993. He was chief executive officer between 1995 and 2000, and in 2000 became chairman of the Board of Directors. He was named chief executive officer again in 2002.

Stavropoulos is a director of BellSouth Corporation, Chemical Financial Corporation, Maersk Inc., and NCR. He is a trustee to the Fidelity Group of Funds. Stavropoulos also serves on the board of American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fordham University and a doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the University of Washington.

With about 46,000 employees, Dow is a leader in science and technology, providing innovative chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services to many essential consumer markets. With annual sales of $33 billion, Dow serves customers in more than 180 countries and a wide range of markets that are vital to human progress, including food, transportation, health and medicine, personal and home care, and building and construction, among others.

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