Business President, Polyurethanes; Asia Pacific oversight
A dynamic sustainability advocate, Jane delivers a potent fusion of knowledge and passion to the ever-advancing world of material science. As business president of Dow Polyurethanes and Chlor-Alkali & Vinyl, global business groups of Dow, she oversees an industry-leading portfolio of technologies that contribute to a more energy-efficient, healthier and resilient society.
Jane’s forward-thinking commitment to chemistry and solutions that address world challenges is rooted in her practical experiences as an engineer, and several leadership positions with Dow renewable energy, construction and transportation-related businesses.
For nearly two decades, Jane’s career at Dow has spanned marketing, sales, new business development and business operations in several Dow businesses, including Dow Automotive, Dow Specialty Chemicals, Dow Coating Solutions, Dow Solar and Dow Building & Construction. Jane currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance to Save Energy, a federation of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders that advocates for the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide. On that board, she serves as industry co-chair and is the first woman to hold that leadership post. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Midland Center for the Arts.
These experiences convinced Jane that true, significant environmental impact lies in one’s behavioral commitment to living an energy-efficient lifestyle. Today, she is an effective champion of Dow’s corporate energy plan, which encourages the world’s nations to foster innovation, build more durable infrastructure, drive energy efficiency and transition to a low-carbon economy.
A member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), she has served on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of America, the Board of Trustees for the Chemical Education Foundation (CEF), and the Franklin Institute Board of Trustees. She was also a trustee for the Committee for Economic Development (CED). Industry colleagues recognized Jane’s ongoing contributions in 2015 with Green Building & Design’s prestigious Women in Sustainability Leadership Award. She has also received Crain’s Detroit 40 Under-40 Award and was named one of Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women in Automotive, both in 2005.