President-elect Donald J. Trump announced on Friday that Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris will be leading his manufacturing council. The two men met on stage during a campaign-style rally on the Trump thank you tour in Michigan and shared the news.
Andrew Liveris, a Greek-Australian, was elected as chairman of the Dow Chemical board effective 1 April 2006 and became CEO in 2004. He was also appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama as Co-Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.
Born in Darwin, Australia, Liveris attended the University of Queensland in Brisbane, graduating with a bachelor’s degree (first-class honors) in Chemical Engineering, and was awarded the University Medal for that year. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in science by his alma mater and was named Alumnus of the Year. He was appointed Inaugural Chair of The University of Queensland in America Foundation in 2011. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of The Institute of Chemical Engineers, as well as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
During the event Liveris also made his own announcement that Dow will open a new research and development center that will support approximately 200 research and development jobs in Michigan. “This decision is because of this man and these policies,” Mr. Liveris said to a croed of about 6,000, adding, “I tingle with pride listening to you.”