MIDLAND, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) today announced that Gregory Freiwald, chief Human Resources officer, Aviation and Corporate Affairs, has elected to retire from the Company following 35 years of service with Dow. Freiwald will transition his executive leadership responsibilities to Johanna Söderström and will officially retire at the end of March 2015.
Freiwald joined Dow in 1979 as a salary administrator in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has held numerous human resource leadership roles during the span of his career providing strategic planning and execution for several Dow businesses and departments in numerous locations including Buenos Aires, Coral Gables, Fla., Midland, Mich., Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Milan, Italy. In 2006, Freiwald was appointed vice president of Corporate Aviation and Executive Compensation and in 2008, was selected to lead the global HR organization and named executive vice president. Freiwald is also Secretary to the Compensation and Leadership Committee of the Board and director of the Dow Foundation.
“Through Gregory's leadership, our Human Resources team is a strategic partner for our businesses, functions and geographies and has helped to develop leaders with critical and necessary skill sets, in addition to creating opportunities for employees across the Company to flourish both personally and professionally,” said Andrew N. Liveris, Dow’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Gregory’s leadership and professionalism will have a lasting impact, and his deep commitment to our Company, our mission and our core values will truly be missed.”
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, 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 180 countries and in high growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2013, Dow had annual sales of more than $57 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 products are manufactured at 201 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.
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