MIDLAND, Mich. (Jan. 21)—Dow Chemical Co. has appointed Pat Dawson, previously business manager for Dow's oxide derivatives operation, business vice president for its polyurethanes and systems business.
Dawson's new job, which combines the responsibilities of David Fischer (PU) and Peter Davies (systems), is part of a groupwide reorganization that involves the consolidation of several businesses and functions, according to a company statement. Davies has been named business vice president of Dow Specialty Polymers, while the company did not say what new role, if any, Fischer would have. In addition, Dow named Earl Shipp business director of its propylene oxide and propylene glycol unit, replacing David Pashalidis.
In April 2002, Fischer oversaw the relocation of the Dow Polyurethanes global headquarters to the group's European base in Horgen, Switzerland, from its previous home in Midland. A Dow spokeswoman said she did not know if the PU headquarters would remain in Europe. Dow said the new streamlined organization would accelerate the company´s drive for higher profitability by reducing structural costs and enabling it to operate more efficiently.