Peter Holicki to retire; John Sampson to rejoin Dow as senior vice president, operations, manufacturing and engineering

Published: 27 September 2020 - 3 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery

Dow announced that John Sampson, executive vice president, business operations for Olin Corporation, has been named senior vice president, operations, manufacturing and engineering for Dow. Sampson succeeds Peter Holicki, who will retire in 2021 after more than 34 years of service with Dow.

Sampson has most recently served as a corporate officer at Olin Corporation, with executive oversight for managing the manufacturing and engineering, manufacturing services, safety/health and environmental and technology center of Olin’s chemical businesses. Prior to joining Olin in 2015, Sampson had a long career with Dow, beginning in 1983 in Louisiana in polymers research and development.

Sampson moved into the manufacturing organisation in 1988 and throughout his Dow career, held a wide range of positions. He was a business manufacturing leader and led sites in the US and Europe – including Dow’s Rhine Center facility in Germany and France from 2004 to 2007. He served as the global business director for chlor-alkali and in 2011, he was named manufacturing vice president, chemicals and energy. He was later named vice president of environment, health and safety operations for Dow.

“I am delighted to welcome John back to Dow,” says Jim Fitterling, Dow chairman and CEO. “John is an outstanding, well-respected leader who brings a deep range of strategic experience in manufacturing, business and EH&S. Our global manufacturing, operations and engineering team plays a vital role in the pursuit of Dow’s ambition and future growth, and John is ideally suited to lead this world-class team.”

Sampson will assume his new responsibilities 1 October 2020. He will join Dow’s leadership team, and will be based in Midland.

Fitterling adds: “I want to thank Peter Holicki for his many years of service to Dow and for his leadership. Peter has been a steadfast champion of Dow’s manufacturing organisation throughout his career and has helped build the strong team we have in place today. I also thank him for his work as executive sponsor of the Disability Employee Network (DEN). Please join me in wishing Peter and his family every happiness as they begin this next chapter.”

Holicki joined Dow in 1987 in Stade, Germany. Over more than three decades, he held numerous leadership positions in sites across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including serving as global manufacturing vice president of Dow’s hydrocarbons business. In January 2014, Holicki was elected corporate vice president of manufacturing and engineering, and environment, health and safety operations and in 2015 was appointed senior vice president of operations, manufacturing and engineering, and environment, health and safety operations.

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