Council Member, United States
President, Chairman and CEO, Dow Chemical Company
Member Since: 2011
- Media working group
- Sustainable Food Security
- Water Security
- Smart Infrastructure
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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, business and general management. He joined Dow in 1976 in Australia, and has 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 that outlines the Company's vision for an 'Advanced Manufacturing' economy (updated in paperback January 2012), and served as co-chair of U.S. President Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in the United States. In recognition of his efforts in this area, Liveris has been honored with the Distinguished Performance Award for Excellence in Public Policy from the Committee for Economic Development (2011), and the International Leadership Award from the United States Council for International Business (2011).
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, a member of the U.S. President's Export Council, and was a foreign co-chair of the 2012 China Development Forum. Liveris is a member of the US China Business Council, the US-India CEO Forum, the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the American Australian Association. He is a founder and chairman of the Board of The Hellenic Initiative and serves on the board of trustees for The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, USCIB, and Tufts University.
An established thought leader in his field, Liveris was 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. He has been honored with the International Palladium Medal from the Société de Chimie Industrielle (2013), 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.