21 March 2016
Dubai, UAE - The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) announced today the appointment of Fadi Matar as its Public & Government Affairs Director for India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

Within his new role, Matar will develop Dow's regional public and government affairs strategies and engage with key stakeholders to support the company's growing presence and business objectives across the region. Matar will be based at the Dow Chemical Middle East headquarters in Emaar Square, Dubai.

"India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey are critical markets for us and public and government affairs play a key role in developing positive relationships with our stakeholders," said Markus Wildi, President Dow IMEAT. "We are very pleased to have Fadi lead that team and bring over 15 years of regional experience to benefit Dow and enhance our brand presence in the region." 

Prior to his new role, Matar was Public & Government Leader for the Middle East and North Africa region, having initially joined Dow in June 2014 as Public Affairs Leader - MENA. Matar served as the Corporate Communications director for Dow's joint venture in Kuwait, EQUATE Petrochemical Company before moving to Dow. There, he headed the Corporate Communications Group with responsibilities that included brand management and development, public relations, advertising, digital marketing, media and internal communications.

Matar's previous experience includes organizations such as American Express, where he was the Marketing Director managing 19 countries in the region, and Citibank where he was the Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications and Marketing Services based in the UAE. He has also driven regional and global brand transformation projects for renowned organizations, and has past experience leading Investor Relations in prior roles.

About Dow in the Middle East
Dow has a longstanding relationship with the Middle East beginning with the establishment of manufacturing and commercial facilities in the United Arab Emirates more than 35 years ago. Since then, Dow has established a solid presence in the Middle East petrochemicals industry, partnering with leading regional companies to set up state-of-the-art petrochemical complexes across the region. For 18 years, Dow and Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. (PIC) of Kuwait have shared one successful milestone after another, partnering on six industry-leading joint ventures. Saudi Aramco and Dow have formed a joint venture. Sadara, to build, own and operate a world-scale integrated chemicals complex in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. From the entrepreneurship initiatives of LoYac in Kuwait to the new Dow Middle East and Africa R&D Center at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, Dow actively supports the social and economic aspirations of the communities where it operates. For more information about Dow in the Middle East, please visit: www.dowmiddleeast.com

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2014, Dow had annual sales of more than $58 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 products families are manufactured at 201 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

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