Charles J. Kalil
General Counsel and Executive Vice President
Charles J. Kalil is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Dow Chemical Company, located in Midland, Michigan. He is a member of the company's Executive Leadership Committee, Management Committee, and serves on the Sustainability and People operational teams within Dow.
Mr. Kalil began his legal career in 1976 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Eastern District of Michigan.
Mr. Kalil joined Dow in Midland in 1980 as an attorney in Environmental Law. In 1982 he was named General Counsel of Petrokemyia, a joint venture between Dow and SABIC, headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He moved to Geneva, Switzerland in 1983 as Regional Counsel to the Middle East/Africa region and returned to Midland in 1986 where he held various Litigation and Finance roles. Mr. Kalil was named General Counsel and Area Director of Government and Public Affairs for Dow Latin America in 1992, initially in Coral Gables, Florida and later in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 1997 he took a special assignment managing Dow's global litigation related to INSITE technology. In 2000 Mr. Kalil was named Assistant General Counsel for Corporate Financial Law and was primarily responsible for obtaining regulatory approvals for the UCC acquisition.
In 2003, Mr. Kalil was named Associate General Counsel and Director, Corporate Legal Affairs, which included responsibility for Corporate Financial Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Affiliated Companies and Insurance and Global Litigation. In November 2004, he was appointed Corporate Vice President and General Counsel, and was named Corporate Secretary in July 2005. He was appointed Senior Vice President in March 2007. In February 2008, he was promoted to Executive Vice President, at which time he assumed additional responsibility for Government Affairs.
Mr. Kalil is a board member for numerous subsidiary and affiliated companies including Dow Corning Corporation, Sadara Chemical Company, Dorinco Reinsurance Company and Liana Limited; a member of the Board of Directors of Oman Petrochemical Industries Company LLC (2004-2011); a member of The Conference Board's Council of Chief Legal Officers; a founding advisory board member of the RAND Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation; and a member of the Board of Directors, Institute for Legal Reform, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Recipient of the 2010 Bridge Builder of the Year Award, American Arab Chamber of Commerce.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of Michigan. He is admitted to practice before several U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.