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Dow Chemical announces James Fitterling as president and COO

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Staff writer | Midland, Mich., USA |
James R. FitterlingThe Dow Chemical Company announced the appointment of James R. Fitterling to the position of president and chief operating officer.
Mr. Fitterling, who has worked with Dow for 32 years, previously held the position of Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer.

He is a member of the Office of the Chairman and CEO.

Mr. Fitterling joined Dow in 1984 and served in a variety of Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain positions before being named Commercial Director for Liquid Separations, Dow Pacific in 1994.

He was appointed Global Business Director for Liquid Separations and President and CEO of FilmTec Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company in 1998.

In 2000, he was named General Manager for Dow Thailand and Managing Director for the SCC-Dow Group of joint venture companies.

In 2002, Mr. Fitterling was named CEO of The OPTIMAL Group, affiliate of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), Malaysia's state-owned oil corporation and The Dow Chemical Company.

He added responsibility for the Southeast Asia and Australia region in February 2004.

He also served as the Vice President of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) and was the Dow Representative to U.S. ASEAN Business Council.

He was named Business Vice President for Polyethylene in December 2005; President, Basic Plastics in March 2007; Vice President of Corporate Development in April 2009; Senior Vice President of Corporate Development in April 2010; Executive Vice President of The Dow Chemical Company & President, Plastics & Hydrocarbons in August 2010; and Executive Vice President of The Dow Chemical Company & President, Corporate Development & Hydrocarbons in March 2011.

Mr. Fitterling assumed additional executive oversight of the Company’s Chemicals & Energy Division in August 2011, in addition to his existing executive role for Corporate Development and Hydrocarbons.

In September 2012, he assumed executive oversight for Feedstocks, Performance Plastics.

He was named Vice Chairman, Business Operations in 2014.

He was named Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer in 2015 and promoted to his current role in February 2016.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Chemical Financial Corporation and a member of the Board of Directors of Sadara Chemical Company.

Mr. Fitterling earned a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri - Columbia.


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