Snehal Desai Joins the EH&S and Sustainability Team
In this new role, Desai will focus on developing and leading several critical efforts to define high-impact business strategies at the intersection of Dow, government, academic, and NGO stakeholders.
Midland, Mich - July 26, 2017 -
Snehal Desai, currently global business director for Dow Water and Process Solutions (DW&PS), is joining the EH&S and Sustainability Team as project director for Sustainable Business Blueprints & Strategies, as part of the Dow 2025 Sustainability Goals team. In this new role, Desai will focus on developing and leading several critical efforts to define high-impact business strategies at the intersection of Dow, government, academic, and NGO stakeholders. He will bring to fruition several important lines of external engagement in concert with business leaders to ensure translation into effective business strategies for Dow. Desai will report to Neil Hawkins and remain located in Minnesota.
“Snehal's long history and experience in sustainability-focused businesses and his position as a prominent thought leader in the water industry allows him to bring a unique set of skills that will be critical for the Sustainable Business Blueprints,” said Neil Hawkins, corporate vice president and chief sustainability officer.
Desai began his career with Dow in 1987 in various sales, marketing, business development and TS&D roles in DW&PS, Plastics, E-Business and New Business Growth divisions. From 2008 to 2010, he led commercial and business development for Segetis, a startup focused on developing novel bio-based chemicals. From 2003 to 2008, he served as the vice president and chief marketing officer of NatureWorks LLC, the first company to offer a family of commercially available low-carbon-footprint polymers. In this role, Desai led strategic development and global execution of the marketing, sales and development teams for the company resulting in impressive growth.
In 2010, Desai rejoined the Dow Water and Process Solutions business, and soon was named into his current role as the global business director for DW&PS. He is also the leader of Dow's Corporate Water Strategy Team, which is co-sponsored by the business and Sustainability.
In March 2016, Desai joined the board of directors of the U.S. Water Alliance, a national organization focused on advancing a sustainable water future for all. He is also the Minnesota chapter president of The CMO Club and was a founding member and past Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee member of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (A.S.A.P.).
Desai received his bachelor's degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.