William Stavropoulos, former CEO and Chairman of The Dow Chemical Company, is chairman emeritus of the Board of Directors of The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Michigan.
His career with Dow spanned 39 years, serving in a variety of positions in Research, Marketing and general management.
He served as president and chief operating officer from 1993-95; president and CEO from 1995-2000; chairman and CEO from 2002-2004; and chairman from 2000-2006. Stavropoulos was a member of the Board of Directors of Dow from July 1990 to March 2006.
He is founder of the Michigan Baseball Foundation and the Great Lakes Loons.
Stavropoulos holds important positions in the business and non-profit world. He is a past board member of Univar Inc., The Teradata Corporation, Kissner Holdings, Maersk Inc. Tyco; JP Morgan International Board; former adviser partner to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC; former trustee of the board of Fidelity Equity and High Income Funds; as well as former Board of Trustees of Fordham University. He is also a past chairman of the American Chemistry Council, Society of Chemical Industry, and American Plastics Council. He also is an Advisor of the Board of Fidelity Equity and High Income Funds. He is also a long-standing member of the Science Advisory Board of the University of Notre Dame. Stavropoulos is on the advisory board of Metalmark Capital, LLC.
Stavropoulos received many honors throughout his career, including: 2010 named an Archon by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch; 2010 inducted into the Midland County Sports Hall of Fame as a "Professional Baseball Visionary," 2007 Northwood University Naegele Distinguished Community Service Award; induction into Junior Achievement of Central Michigan's Business Hall of Fame in 2005; Northwood University's 2004 Outstanding Business Leader Award; Institutional Investor magazine's award as one of the Best CEOs in America in the category of Chemicals/Commodity (1999, 2003, and 2004); 2003 Society of Plastic Engineers Annual Business Management Award; Société de Chimie Industrielle's 2001 Palladium Medial Award; 2001 Chemical Industry Medal Award from Society of Chemical Industry; The Man of the Year Award from the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce in 2000; CEO of the Year Kavaler Award in 1999; honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Northwood University in 1998; the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1998; The Man of the Year Award from Hellenic American Bankers Association in 1997; The Man of the Year Award from the American Hellenic Education Progressive Association in 1995; and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Fordham University in 2018.
Stavropoulos holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University and a doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the University of Washington. He and his wife, Linda, make their home in both Midland, Michigan and Naples, Florida, where they are both very much engaged in community and charitable activities. Family is also an important focus of their attention. They enjoy the time they can spend visiting and travelling with their two adult children and six grandchildren.