|Andrew N. Liveris
President, Chairman &
Chief Executive Officer
Andrew N. Liveris is President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, a global specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics company based in Midland, Michigan with 2012 annual sales of approximately $57 billion.
Liveris' 37-year Dow career has spanned roles in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management. He joined Dow in 1976 in Australia, and spent a large proportion of his career in Asia where his formative roles included 14 years in Hong Kong, general manager for the company's operations in Thailand, and president of all Asia-Pacific operations. Liveris became a member of Dow's Board of Directors in February 2004, and was named CEO in November 2004. He was elected as Chairman of the Board effective April 1, 2006.
An advocate for the criticality of manufacturing to the long-term health of a nation's economy, Liveris is the author of Make It in America, a book which presents a comprehensive set of practical policy solutions and business strategies to achieve the Company's vision of an 'Advanced Manufacturing' economy (updated in paperback January 2012), and serves as co-chair of U.S. President Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in the United States. In recognition of his efforts in this arena, Liveris has been honored with the Distinguished Performance Award for Excellence in Public Policy from the Committee for Economic Development and the International Leadership Award from the United States Council for International Business (USCIB).
In addition to his work at Dow, Liveris' breadth of experience and expertise is broadly represented across business, government, academic and non-profit sectors. He sits on the board of directors of IBM and the Special Olympics, is chairman of the U.S. Business Council, vice chair of the Business Roundtable, and a member of the U.S. President's Export Council. Liveris is a member of the U.S. China Business Council, the U.S.-India CEO Forum, the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the American Australian Association. He serves on the board of trustees for The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation the California Institute of Technology and the United States Council for International Business. In 2012, Liveris co-founded The Hellenic Initiative, to support economic renewal in Greece through entrepreneurship, business development and investment, and serves as chairman of the Board.
An established thought leader in his field, Liveris has been honored with the Chemical Industry Medal by the Society of Chemical Industry (2013), the International Palladium Medal by the Société de Chimie Industrielle (2012), and the George E. Davis Medal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (2011) in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the chemical industry. He was also recognized by ICIS Chemical Business magazine as the 2012 Top Power Player, his third consecutive year as one of the most influential people in the global chemical markets.
Liveris has also been honored with the BENS Eisenhower Award (2013) from Business Executives for National Security and the Vanguard Award from the Chemical Education Foundation. He is the recipient of the Inspired Leadership Award from The Performance Theater (2012), the Aristeio Award in Business from the American Hellenic Council (2012), and the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence (2012). He was named a BOSS True Leader by the Australian Financial Review (2012), a Legend in Leadership by the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute (2011), and CEO of the Year at the Platts Global Energy Awards (2011).
Born in Darwin, Australia, Liveris attended the University of Queensland in Brisbane, graduating with a bachelor's degree (first-class honors) in Chemical Engineering, and was awarded the University Medal for that year. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in science by his alma mater and was named Alumnus of the Year. Continuing his great alumnus support to the University, he was appointed Inaugural Chair of The University of Queensland in America Foundation in 2011.
Liveris is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of The Institute of Chemical Engineers, as well as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Liveris resides in Midland, Michigan with his wife Paula. They have three adult children.
Updated: July 18, 2013