(BUSINESS WIRE) – In line with The Dow Chemical Company’s objective to strengthen its geographic focus, Deborah Borg, vice president of the Human Resource Partner Organization, has been named president of Dow USA. In this role, she will continue to be based in Midland, Michigan, and will report to Joe Harlan, chief commercial officer and vice chairman, Market Businesses, and will be fully accountable to the Office of the Chief Executive.
“As we have said many times, our efforts are concentrated in select markets where we can be narrowly, but more deeply focused, and this requires a local approach to running our global businesses,” says Harlan. “Deborah has been a key partner with our businesses throughout her career with Dow. In addition, she has played an invaluable role in the development and implementation of the Company’s corporate strategy. Her experiences will help set a clear path forward for our growth objectives in the United States.”
In this role, Borg will be responsible for coordinating Dow’s activities across the United States. She will develop and oversee a strategy for Dow USA, coordinating closely with the businesses, functions and operations to drive results. Borg will play an instrumental role in representing Dow’s interests to key stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, joint venture partners, key government organizations, and our communities. She will serve as a company spokesperson and manage issues that affect U.S. government policy, public policy and Dow’s businesses. Harlan adds, “In this role, Deborah will manage many of the U.S. issues that in recent years have been predominantly left to corporate officers with global responsibilities – including the Office of the Chief Executive.”
Andrew N. Liveris, Dow chairman and chief executive officer stated, “Many large global corporations, like Dow, are increasingly focusing on their home location – the United States – as a market with incredible opportunities. The need for a strong leader to represent our interest and to develop and oversee a strategy in the U.S. has been in discussion for some years, and with Deborah’s appointment, we are now ready to fully address the opportunities for Dow.”
Borg joined Dow in 2000 as the Human Resource manager of Australia/New Zealand. Over the ensuing 14 years, she has held a variety of roles in Asia, Europe and North America which spanned the HR function and worked in close partnership with Dow’s businesses and executive team. She has provided HR leadership and counsel to a variety of Dow business portfolios, and led the design and implementation of programs that support talent attraction, compensation, retention, deployment and development across the organization. Borg was named vice president of Human Resources in 2010. Prior to joining Dow, she held several Human Resource positions with General Motors Australia. Borg holds a Bachelor of Administration in Business and a Masters in Training and Change Management from Victoria University, Australia.