Howard Ungerleider

Howard Ungerleider

Howard Ungerleider
President and Chief Financial Officer


Howard Ungerleider is President and Chief Financial Officer for Dow, a global materials science company with 2018 sales of $49 billion. In this role, he serves as a member of Dow’s most senior executive committee that sets the strategic direction, defines priorities, establishes corporate policy, and manages governance and enterprise-level decisions for the company. He has executive oversight for Dow Finance, Public Affairs, Government Affairs, Information Technology & Business Services, Purchasing, and Integrated Supply Chain.

From September 2017 until April 2019, Ungerleider also served as Chief Financial Officer of DowDuPont, an $86 billion holding company comprised of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont, created with the intent to subsequently form three independent, publicly traded companies in materials science, agriculture and specialty products sectors. On April 1, 2019, Dow separated from DowDuPont.

Ungerleider joined Dow in 1990 and his career has spanned a wide variety of commercial, business, financial, geographic, functional and enterprise-level leadership roles. In 1997, he relocated to Dow's European headquarters in Switzerland, where he had management responsibilities for several of Dow's specialty polyolefin brands. Ungerleider was named Business Director for Dow's global Wire and Cable Compounds business in 2000, and in 2004, he became the Global Director of Integrated Supply Chain for Plastics, Performance Chemicals and Thermosets. In 2006, he was appointed North American Commercial Vice President for Dow's $6 billion Basic Plastics business portfolio.

From 2008 to 2011, Ungerleider served as Vice President of Investor Relations, where he was responsible for creating and driving an investor outreach program about Dow's strategic transformation and performance in the midst of the worst global economic crisis in decades. In this role, he was also a member of the Finance leadership team, providing counsel and support to Dow's Chief Financial Officer.

He was named President for Dow’s Performance Plastics Division in 2011. In 2012, he was named Executive Vice President of Dow’s Advanced Materials Division and joined Dow’s senior-most executive team. Under his leadership, the Advanced Materials businesses grew to more than $11 billion in sales across more than 130 countries. He was elected as CFO by Dow’s Board of Directors in 2014 and was named Vice Chairman in 2015. He was appointed CFO of DowDuPont in May 2016 effective upon the close of the merger transaction between Dow and DuPont, which occurred on August 31, 2017.

A vocal advocate for a safe, inclusive and supportive workplace for all employees, Ungerleider serves as the executive sponsor for WIN – Dow’s employee resource group for the equality and advancement of women in the workplace. He previously served for more than a decade as the executive sponsor for GLAD – the company’s resource group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees and allies.

Ungerleider earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas in Austin and a Master's degree in Business Administration from University of California in Los Angeles. He serves on the Boards of Directors of FCLTGlobal, the Michigan Israel Business Bridge, Mid-Michigan Baseball Foundation, Keep America Beautiful and the Board of Trustees of The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation; and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Leaders for Michigan business roundtable.

Leadership Insights

NYSE ICEbreakers: Jim Fitterling and Howard Ungerleider of Dow

April 2, 2019

Jim Fitterling and Howard Ungerleider sat down with Judy Shaw at the New York Stock Exchange to talk about the ambitions of the new Dow, the meaning of Seek Together, and more.

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Dow President and CFO Howard Ungerleider discusses Dow’s spinoff from DowDuPont

April 2, 2019

Dow President and CFO Howard Ungerleider joined Scott Gamm of Yahoo Finance on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to discuss Dow’s spinoff from DowDuPont.

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Dow Chemical to Focus Less on Big Projects, CFO Ungerleider Says

September 13, 2018

Dow President and CFO Howard Ungerleider joined Bloomberg’s Ed Hammond to discuss the new Dow’s strategic priorities.

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DowDuPont beats estimates on double-digit gains in materials science and specialty products

May 3, 2018

Dow CFO Howard Ungerleider spoke to Chemical Week about first quarter 2018 earnings results.

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Finding the Balance in Capital Allocation

December 18, 2017

Dow CFO Howard Ungerleider sat down with Chemical Week to discuss how Dow allocates capital across the company.

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Transforming Your Business Through Innovation

November 10, 2016

At the 2016 Michigan CEO Summit, Dow CFO Howard Ungerleider shares examples of how Dow has transformed its business model through innovation.

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