Dow Chemical names Earl Shipp as new VP, site director of Dow Texas Operations in Freeport, Texas, replacing Gary Hockstra, who is new VP of manufacturing, engineering and EH&S for Dow Advanced Materials

FREEPORT, Texas , August 29, 2011 (press release) – Earl Shipp, the Vice President and Site Director of Dow Michigan Operations, has been named the new Vice President and Site Director of Dow Texas Operations in Freeport. He replaces Gary Hockstra who has been named Vice President of Manufacturing, Engineering and EH&S for the Dow Advanced Materials Division. Shipp will relocate to Texas.

“With Earl’s past business and geographic roles, coupled with his most recent experience at Michigan Operations, he will continue the focus in Texas Operations on our people, our communities and on operational excellence,” said Carol Williams, Dow Executive Vice President of Manufacturing & Engineering. “I am thrilled to have this type of leadership in such an important and growing facility.”

Shipp joined Dow in 1981 in Freeport, Texas. Between 1981 and 1985, he held several manufacturing positions, including an assignment in Japan. After 1985, he held leadership positions in Texas, Ohio and Missouri.

In 2000, Shipp was named to the dual roles of Vice President and Site Director of Dow’s Louisiana Operations and Global Operations Director of the Propylene Oxide and Glycols business. He was named Global Business Vice President for Dow Oxides & Glycols in 2004. In 2006, he moved to Dubai, U.A.E. to launch the India, Middle East and Africa Region for Dow. In 2007, Shipp was named Business Group President for Basic Chemicals, serving on the Business Operations Committee with responsibility for oversight of six basic chemical businesses. He was named President - India, Middle East & Africa (IMEA) for Dow in December 2008.

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