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Alumnus Michael Gambrell Elected to National Safety Council

November 14, 2011

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology chemical engineering alumnus Michael Gambrell, executive vice president of The Dow Chemical Company, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Safety Council (NSC).  In addition to his board position, Gambrell will serve on the NSC's strategic planning and nomination committees.

      Michael Gambrell
   Michael Gambrell

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 a two-year term on the board.

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.  He currently 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.

Earlier, Gambrell was executive vice president of manufacturing and engineering operations, a leadership role 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 after earning his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Rose-Hulman.  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, Gambrell 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 and engineering operations.

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's 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.

Dow was presented with the prestigious Robert W. Campbell Award by the NSC in 2010 for its efforts to uphold environmental, health and safety as a key business value and clearly linking measurable achievement in EH&S performance to productivity and profitability.  The company 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.  In 2010, Dow had annual sales of $53.7 billion and has more than 5,000 products manufactured at 188 sites in 35 countries across the globe.