President-Elect and Chief Financial Officer, The Dow Chemical Company
Chief Financial Officer, DowDuPont
Howard Ungerleider is Chief Financial Officer of DowDuPont, an $80 billion holding company comprised of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont with the intent to form independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty products sectors.
On March 12, 2018, the Materials Science Advisory Committee of the DowDuPont Board of Directors announced that it intends to appoint Ungerleider to the role of President and Chief Financial Officer of the intended Materials Science Company, to be called Dow, upon its separation from DowDuPont.
In addition to his role at DowDuPont, Ungerleider serves as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer for The Dow Chemical Company, a global materials science company with 2017 sales of $56 billion. In this role, he is a member of Dow’s most senior executive committee that sets the strategic direction, defines priorities, establishes corporate policy, and manages governance and enterprise-level decisions for the company. He also has executive oversight for 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 Dow’s Board of Directors in 2014 and was named Vice Chairman in 2015. He was appointed CFO of DowDuPont in May 2016 effective upon the close of the merger transaction between Dow and DuPont, which occurred on August 31, 2017.
A vocal advocate for a safe, inclusive and supportive workplace for all employees, Ungerleider serves as the executive sponsor for WIN – Dow’s employee resource group for the equality and advancement of women in the workplace. He previously served for more than a decade as the executive sponsor for GLAD – the company’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 serves on the Boards of Directors of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge, 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.