J. R. (Jim) Fitterling is Executive Vice President of The Dow Chemical Company. He also has executive oversight for Feedstocks, Performance Plastics and for Dow’s presence in Asia Pacific and Latin America. Jim is located in Midland, Michigan. He is a member of Dow’s Executive Committee, Innovation and New Business Development Committee, and Executive Run-the-Business Team.
Fitterling joined Dow in 1984. After serving in a variety of Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain positions in Liquid Separations, he was named Commercial Director for Liquid Separations, Dow Pacific in 1994. He was appointed Global Business Director for Liquid Separations and President and CEO of FilmTec Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company in 1998.
In 2000, he was named General Manager for Dow Thailand and Managing Director for the SCC-Dow Group of joint venture companies.
In 2002, he was named CEO of The OPTIMAL Group, affiliate of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), Malaysia’s state-owned oil corporation and The Dow Chemical Company. He added responsibility for the Southeast Asia and Australia region in February 2004. He also served as the Vice President of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) and was the Dow Representative to U.S. ASEAN Business Council.
Fitterling was named Business Vice President for Polyethylene in December 2005; President, Basic Plastics in March 2007; Vice President of Corporate Development in April 2009; Senior Vice President of Corporate Development in April 2010; Executive Vice President of The Dow Chemical Company & President, Plastics & Hydrocarbons in August 2010; and Executive Vice President of The Dow Chemical Company & President, Corporate Development & Hydrocarbons in March 2011.
Fitterling assumed additional executive oversight of the company’s Chemicals & Energy Division in August 2011, in addition to his existing executive role for Corporate Development and Hydrocarbons. He assumed his current role in September 2012.
Fitterling serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Univation Technologies LLC. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of: EQUATE Petrochemical Co. K.S.C., MEGlobal B.V., The Kuwait Olefins Co. K.S.C., The Kuwait Styrene Co. K.S.C., Dow-Mitsui Chlor-Alkali LLC, Chemical Financial Corporation, and the Midland Country Club.
Fitterling earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.