Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dow Inc.
Fitterling has played a key role in Dow’s transformation from lower-margin, commodity businesses to one more deeply focused on higher-growth, consumer demand-driven markets that value innovation – with the goal of creating the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world.
Fitterling became CEO in July 2018. He was elected chairman in April 2020. Before becoming CEO, he served as president and chief operating officer of Dow. From September 2017 through March 2019, he also served as chief operating officer for the Materials Science Division of DowDuPont, an $86 billion holding company comprised of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont, created with the intent to form independent, publicly traded companies in materials science, agriculture and specialty products sectors. On April 1, 2019, Dow separated from DowDuPont.
During his 35-year career at Dow, Fitterling has held leadership positions in many of the Company’s business units, in corporate development and in business operations. In addition, he served as the business lead in Dow’s successful launch of its next-generation sustainability goals. At his direction, in January 2019, Dow became a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), an initiative to accelerate efforts to drive innovation, provide much-needed resources, and take decisive action to put an end to plastic waste in the environment.
He joined Dow in 1984, two weeks after graduating from college, and has spent a third of his career in Asia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Dow’s operations in Louisiana began in 1956. Today, Dow Louisiana is the largest petrochemical company in the state, pumping over $1 billion into the state’s economy each year. At four sites in Louisiana – Plaquemine, Grand Bayou, Hahnville, and Greensburg – Dow manufactures more than 100 basic and specialty chemicals that are shipped worldwide.
These products serve as building blocks for hundreds of everyday products from plastics to soaps, detergents, food additives, cosmetics, shampoos and pharmaceuticals.
In each of its locations, Dow is a part of the surrounding community, providing jobs, economic stability, and striving to maintain and enhance the quality of life. Committed to the principles of sustainable development, Dow and its employees in Louisiana seek to balance economic, environmental and social responsibility as it invests in its communities and encourages them to invest in themselves.
A passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity, Fitterling leads Dow’s drive to diversify its global talent. He actively serves as Executive Sponsor of Dow’s Global African Affinity Network and is widely recognized for his work supporting LGBT non-discrimination and LGBT+ workplace equality. In 2018, he was named #1 LGBT+ Executive on the “OUTstanding in Business” list published annually by INvolve. In 2021, he was inducted into the OUTstanding Hall of Fame. He joined the Out Leadership Global Advisory Board in 2019. Fitterling serves on the Board of Directors for 3M. He also serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers and Chair of the Board of Directors for the American Chemistry Council. In addition, he is a Trustee of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation; on the Board of Directors for Catalyst, the U.S.-China Business Council, Business Roundtable, and the Detroit Economic Club; and a member of the American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable, the Business Council, the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council, and the Dean’s Engineering Advisory Council for the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering.
Fitterling lives in Midland, Michigan.
Crystal King is the Senior Lead Site Manufacturing Director for Louisiana Operations (LAO) in Plaquemine, Louisiana. She assumed this role in 2020.