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Heinz Haller president of Dow Europe, Middle East and Africa

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Midland, Mich., USA - Dow, a chemical company announces that Heinz Haller, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Dow, has been named executive vice president, president of Dow Europe, Middle East and Africa, and chief commercial officer, effective August 1, 2012.

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Mr. Haller joined Dow in 1980 as a sales representative in Horgen, Switzerland and developed his career in several marketing and commercial roles across many Dow businesses including Emulsion Polymers, Specialty Chemicals and Chlorinated Solvents.

In 1994, Mr. Haller left Dow and joined the chemical distribution company, Plüss-Staufer AG, as Managing Director, a position he held for five years before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Red Bull Sauber AG and Sauber Petronas Engineering AG.

In March 2002, he moved to Allianz Capital Partners GmbH as one of the company's Managing Directors and remained there for four years until he rejoined Dow.

Mr. Haller returned to Dow in June 2006 and assumed an executive leadership role in a variety of areas including one in Performance Products.

He was named to his current role in August 2010.

He is Chairman of the Dow Kokam Board and the Dow AgroSciences Members Committee, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Dow Corning Corporation, BioAmber, Inc., the Michigan Molecular Institute, and the U.S. India Business Council.

In this role, he will lead the company's geographic strategies in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as continue to be responsible for corporate Marketing & Sales and commercial new business growth activities, including key new joint ventures and subsidiaries including Dow Aksa, Dow Kokam and the Government Markets Business Unit.

He will also continue as a member of Dow AgroSciences Members Committee and Dow's new Olympics Business Unit will continue to report to him.

In addition, he will continue as a member of Dow's Executive Leadership Committee, the Business Operations Team and the Strategy Board.

Mr. Haller holds a master's degree in business administration from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland and earned a certification in the advanced executive program from UCLA, Los Angeles, California.

In related leadership moves all effective August 1, 2012:

Jim Fitterling, executive vice president of Dow, and president, Feedstocks & Energy and Corporate Development, will assume executive oversight for Dow's presence in the Asia Pacific and Latin American regions.

Bill Weideman, executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer, will assume executive oversight for Dow AgroSciences.

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