Joe E. Harlan
Vice Chairman and Chief Commercial Officer
The Dow Chemical Company
Joe E. Harlan is Vice Chairman and Chief Commercial Officer for The Dow Chemical Company, a global material science company with 2016 annual sales of $48 billion.
As Chief Commercial Officer, Harlan drives Dow’s global Marketing and Sales strategy and organization. He also has executive oversight of the Company’s presence in North America, Latin America, and Asia Pacific.
Harlan is a member of Dow’s Executive Leadership Council, and his deep insights – and keen focus on delivering across-the-board value – have been critical in Dow’s transformation to a market-driven enterprise.
A passionate ambassador for protecting the inherent value Dow delivers to its customers and the world, Harlan’s leadership has been crucial in ensuring the Company delivers on its shareholder commitments even in the midst of great transformation. He is also an ardent voice for a more diverse employee base and is executive sponsor for Dow’s African-American Network.
Harlan joined Dow in September, 2011, bringing three decades of diverse geographic, business, operational and customer experience to the organization from 3M Corporation where he was Executive Vice President of the Consumer and Office business. In 2012, he added executive oversight of Dow’s Chemicals, Energy and Performance Materials businesses and oversight responsibility for Dow Asia Pacific. He was named to his current role in 2014 and expanded his geographic responsibilities in 2015.
Prior to 3M, Harlan spent 20 years with the General Electric Company (GE), where he held various finance, business development, and operational roles in their Plastics, Appliance and Medical Systems businesses, eventually serving as vice president and CFO of GE Lighting. In 2001, Harlan joined 3M as Vice President, Financial Planning. He then spent two years in Japan with Sumitomo 3M Limited, its Japanese subsidiary, where he served first as executive vice president, and then as president and chairman of the board. He became executive vice president of the 3M Electro and Communications business based in Austin, Texas, in 2004. He was named to his most recent position in 3M in 2009.
Harlan serves on the Board of Directors for Flowserve Corporation – for which he is a member of the Finance and Organization & Compensation Committees – as well as the Dow Corning Corporation. He is a member of the Dow AgroSciences Members Committee, an executive committee member on the Board of Directors for the American Chemistry Council, and he participates on the Indiana University Dean’s Advisory Council for the Kelly School of Business.
Harlan holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana.