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Andrew N. Liveris is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, a materials, polymers, chemicals and biological sciences enterprise, with 2016 annual sales of nearly $48 billion.

A recognized global business leader with more than 40 years at Dow, Liveris' career has spanned roles in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management around the world. He joined Dow in 1976 in Australia and spent a large part 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 Chairman of the Board effective April 1, 2006.

Throughout his tenure, he has led global business in integrating sustainability into everything Dow does, culminating in the launch of Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals. This novel set of targets will incorporate the value of nature and society into all of Dow’s economic decisions and help Dow to redefine the role of business in society. Liveris has also overseen an innovative employee engagement initiative that is particularly appealing to Dow’s young talent: the Dow Sustainability Corps. This program partners Dow employees with non-governmental organizations or social entrepreneurs that are addressing global sustainability challenges such as the need for clean water, sustainable food sources, affordable housing, health care, and energy.

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. He has been tapped to lead President Donald J. Trump’s Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, which will identify new ways to spur innovation, revitalize the U.S. manufacturing sector and drive economic growth and prosperity. Previously, he served as Co-Chair of U.S. President Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership and as a member of the U.S. President’s Export Council. 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 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 the business, government, academic and non-profit sectors.  He sits on the Board of Directors of IBM, is Vice Chair of the Business Roundtable, an Executive Committee Member and past Chairman of the U.S. Business Council, and a member of the Concordia Leadership Council and the Australian government’s Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee. Liveris is a member of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the American Australian Association and The B Team. He serves on the Board of Trustees of The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), California Institute of Technology and the United States Council for International Business.  In 2012, Liveris co-founded The Hellenic Initiative (THI) to support economic renewal in Greece through entrepreneurship, business development and investment, and serves as Chairman of the Board.

Recognized as a champion of advancing STEM education and workforce development, Liveris was inducted into the U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame in 2017. In addition, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AmCham China honored him with the U.S.-China Statesman Award for his significant contributions to the world’s and the U.S.’s understanding of China.

In 2016, Liveris was honored with the Appeal of Conscience Award recognizing his leadership, ongoing philanthropy and passionate advocacy for international corporations to use their resources and vast reach across boundaries to better serve the global community. He also received the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) Dwight D. Eisenhower Business Statesman Award and Chief Executive Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

An established thought leader in his field, Liveris was chosen by fellow senior executives on the ICIS Top 40 Power Players listing – a global ranking of the leaders making the greatest impact on the chemical industry – to receive the 2015 ICIS Kavaler Award. He has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Leadership Award by the American Chemical Society New York Section’s Chemical Marketing and Economics Group (2014), the Chemical Industry Medal by the Society of Chemical Industry (2013), the International Palladium Medal by the Société de Chimie Industrielle (2013), and the George E. Davis Medal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (2011) in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the chemical industry. He has been named the #1 Power Player in the global chemical markets four times, first in 2010, consecutively in 2012 and 2013, and again in 2015, by ICIS Chemical Business magazine.

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 support of the University, he serves as Inaugural Chair of The University of Queensland in America Foundation.

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. He was named as an officer of the Order of Australia for his services to international business (2014) and was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering from Michigan State University (2015). 

Liveris resides in Midland, Michigan with his wife Paula. They have three adult children.