Dow Chemical Executive VP Michael Gambrell elected to National Safety Council board; Gambrell to also serve on board's strategic planning, nomination committee

MIDLAND, Michigan , November 4, 2011 (press release) – Michael Gambrell, Executive Vice President, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW - News), was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the National Safety Council (NSC). In addition to his Board position Gambrell will serve on the Strategic planning and Nomination Committee of the NSC Board.

The NSC is a nonprofit organization, tasked with saving lives by preventing injuries and deaths through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Gambrell was elected to serve on the Board for a two-year term.

Dow was presented with the prestigious Robert W. Campbell Award by the NSC in 2010 for its efforts to uphold Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) as a key business value and clearly linking measurable achievement in EH&S performance to productivity and profitability.

During his 35-year career with Dow, Gambrell served in a number of operational and leadership capacities, for a variety of Dow businesses, functions and geographies. In his most recent role as the Executive Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering Operations, which he held through August 2011, he brought the function to a new level of performance while keeping safety a top priority.

Gambrell joined Dow in 1976 with a Chemical Engineering degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. He served in a variety of manufacturing and engineering positions until 1989, when he was named Business Director for the North America Chlor-Alkali Assets business. In 1992, he was named General Manager for the Plastic Lined Pipe business. During the next decade he served as Vice President of Operations for Latin America, Corporate Director for Technology Centers and Global Process Engineering, and Business Vice-President for the Chlor-Vinyl business.

In 2003, he was named Senior Vice President for Chemicals and Intermediates division. Two years later, he was named Executive Vice President of the Basic Plastics and Chemical portfolio and added responsibility for Manufacturing and Engineering in 2007. In 2008, Gambrell assumed functional responsibility for Dow’s Manufacturing & Engineering Operations.

Currently, Gambrell serves as advisor to Dow Chairman and CEO, Andrew Liveris, on all manufacturing and engineering activities for Sadara, a joint venture between Dow and Saudi Aramco.

In addition to his current role with Dow, Gambrell serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of TRW Automotive Holding Corp., on the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, and on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers. He is a member of the University of Michigan Engineering Advisory Council and a distinguished Director Emeritus of the U.S.-India Business Council.

About NSC

Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council ( is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public to make an impact where the most preventable injuries and deaths occur, in areas such as distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety and beyond the workplace, particularly in and near our homes.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE:Dow - News) combines the power of science and technology with the “Human Element” to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2010, Dow had annual sales of $53.7 billion and employed approximately 50,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at

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