Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer
The Dow Chemical Company
Howard Ungerleider is Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, a global material science company with 2016 annual sales of $48 billion.
Ungerleider is a member of Dow’s Office of the Chairman and CEO and has executive oversight for Dow AgroSciences, Dow’s Corporate Strategy Development, Corporate Planning, Finance, and Information Technology & Business Services.
Ungerleider joined Dow in 1990 and his career has spanned a wide variety of commercial, business, financial, geographic, functional and enterprise-level leadership roles. In 1997, he relocated to Dow's European headquarters in Switzerland, where he had management responsibilities for several of Dow's specialty polyolefin brands. Ungerleider was named Business Director for Dow's global Wire and Cable Compounds business in 2000, and in 2004, he became the Global Director of Integrated Supply Chain for Plastics, Performance Chemicals and Thermosets. In 2006, he was appointed North American Commercial Vice President for Dow's $6 billion Basic Plastics business portfolio.
From 2008 to 2011, Ungerleider served as Vice President of Investor Relations, where he was responsible for creating and driving an investor outreach program about Dow's strategic transformation and performance in the midst of the worst global economic crisis in decades. In this role, he was also a member of the Finance leadership team, providing counsel and support to Dow's Chief Financial Officer.
He was named President for Dow’s Performance Plastics Division in 2011. In 2012, he was named Executive Vice President of Dow’s Advanced Materials Division and joined Dow’s senior-most executive team. Under his leadership, the Advanced Materials businesses grew to more than $11 billion in sales across more than 130 countries. He was elected as CFO by the Board of Directors in 2014; he was named Vice Chairman in 2015.
A vocal advocate for a safe, inclusive and supportive workplace for all employees, Ungerleider serves as the executive sponsor for the Company’s largest employee network, GLAD – Dow’s resource group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees and allies.
Ungerleider earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas in Austin and a Master's degree in Business Administration from University of California in Los Angeles. He chairs the Member's Committees of Dow AgroSciences and Dow Corning Corporation; serves on the Boards of Directors of Wolverine Bancorp (NASDAQ: WBKC), Mid-Michigan Baseball Foundation, Keep America Beautiful and the Board of Trustees of The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation; and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Leaders for Michigan business roundtable.