Jim Fitterling

Chair and Chief Executive Officer


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Jim Fitterling is the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Dow Inc., a global materials science company with 2023 sales of approximately $45 billion.

He has played a key role in the Company’s transformation, from lower-margin, commodity businesses to one more deeply focused on higher-growth, consumer demand-driven markets that value innovation – with the ambition to be the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world.

Fitterling was named chief executive officer-elect of Dow in March 2018, prior to becoming CEO in July 2018. He was elected board chair 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.

Fitterling’s 40-year career at Dow began in 1984, two weeks after graduating from University of Missouri – Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Over his first decade with the company, he held a variety of sales, marketing, and supply chain positions in the U.S. In 1994, he moved to Asia to serve as commercial director for Dow’s liquid separations business in the region. He returned to the U.S. in 1998, taking over the liquid separations business globally and becoming president and CEO of FilmTec Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. In 2000, he returned to Asia to serve as general manager for Dow Thailand and managing director for the SCG-Dow group of joint venture companies. Over the next four years, he was named CEO of The OPTIMAL Group, an affiliate of Malaysia’s state-owned oil corporation and Dow, and added responsibility for Dow Southeast Asia and Australia regions. In 2006, Fitterling repatriated to the U.S. and was named business vice president for Dow’s polyethylene envelope. Before being named president and chief operating officer in 2016, he held a variety of senior leadership roles in corporate development and business operations.

Fitterling is a passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity and leads Dow's drive to diversify its global talent.

At his direction, in January 2019, Dow became a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, 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. Additionally, he served as the business lead in Dow’s successful launch of its next-generation sustainability goals.

A passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity, Fitterling leads Dow’s drive to diversify its global talent and is widely recognized for his work supporting non-discrimination and workplace equality. In 2018, he was named #1 LGBT+ Executive on the “OUTstanding in Business” list published annually by INvolve. He joined the Out Leadership Global Advisory Board in 2019. In 2021, he was inducted into the OUTstanding Hall of Fame. In 2021, he received the Women Business Collaborative CEO Leadership Award for Gender and Diversity Excellence. He was honored in 2022 with the CME STEM Leadership Award – Diversity & Inclusion. In 2024, Fitterling was recognized by the Ascend Foundation for his contributions to the Asian and Pacific Islander community with a 2024 Ascend A-List Award.

Fitterling is Chair of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste board, Chair of the FOSSI Advisory Board, member and past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, and member and past Chair of the Board for The American Chemistry Council. He serves on the Board of Directors for 3M, Catalyst, and the U.S.-China Business Council. Fitterling serves on the Business Council executive committee and is co-chair of the American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable. In addition, he’s a member of the Business Roundtable, 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.

In 2018, Fitterling received the College of Engineering Alumni Award from the Mizzou Alumni Association for professional accomplishments and service to the university and was inducted in the university’s Hall of Fame in 2022. He was honored in 2017 by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers with the “Doing a World of Good” Medal, for his dedication to safety in engineering, his advocacy of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and his professional and personal commitment to mentorship. He was inducted in the Great Lakes Bay Region Junior Achievement Hall of Fame in 2016 for his business and community leadership. Fitterling was awarded CEO of the Year in 2022 by Independent Commodity Intelligence Services (ICIS). He has been named an ICIS Top 40 Power Player in 2022, 2023 and 2024. In 2023, he received the Distinguished Leaders Award from the Committee for Economic Development in recognition of his exceptional leadership in challenging times. In 2024, Fitterling was awarded the prestigious International Palladium Medal by the Société de Chimie Industrielle in recognition of his contributions to the chemical industry, as well as the Chemists’ Club Kavaler Award by vote of his global chemical industry peers.

Fitterling lives in Midland, Michigan, USA.