2013 Chemical Industry Medal – Andrew N. Liveris


liverisThrough his remarkable leadership, Andrew Leveris built on Dow’s proud 115-year history and led its evolution into a chemistry based science company for the 21st century.  He has also established himself as a leading voice in the chemical industry and is recognized as a thought leader for issues confronting advanced manufacturing in the US and around the world.

Liveris’ 36-year Dow career has spanned roles in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management. He began his Dow career 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 served as Co-Chair of President Obama’s Advanced Engineering Partnership in the United States, and is the author of Make It in America, a book released in January 2011 which presents a comprehensive set of practical policy solutions and business strategies that outlines the Dow’s vision for an advanced manufacturing economy. In recognition of his efforts in this arena, Liveris has been honored with the 2011 Distinguished Performance Award for Excellence in Public Policy from the Committee for Economic Development, the Inspired Leadership Award from The Performance Theatre,  the International Leadership Award from the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) and the Legend in Leadership Award by the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute.

Liveris sits on the board of directors of IBM, and was recently named as the first non-American chairman of the U.S. Business Council.  He is a vice chair of the Business Roundtable, and previously served as president and chairman of the Board of the International Council of Chemical Associations and as a past Chair of the Society of Chemical Industry. Liveris is a member of the U.S. President’s Export Council, the US-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 FoundationUSCIB, and Tufts University.

He also worked in consumer goods for Cadbury-Schweppes PLC, computer peripherals with Comtech, and security with Pittway, which later became part of Honeywell. Born in Darwin, Australia, Liveris attended the University of Queensland in Brisbane, graduating with a bachelor’s degree (first-class honors) in Chemical Engineering. He 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.