Dow's strategic appointment to strengthen ties with KSA


The Dow Chemical Company has appointed Zuhair Allawi as general manager for the Dow Saudi Arabia Company in move which strengthen Dow's ties in the Kingdom.

"Investing in country leadership is essential to capturing growth opportunities and establishing key relationships in our geographies," said Geoffery Merszei, executive vice president and president of Dow Europe, Middle East & Africa. Zuhair's appointment reflects the important role the Kingdom will play in Dow's transformation and EMEA's growth strategy."

Focal point

"In this new role, Allawi will serve as a focal point for government and community relationships and, with our partners, seek opportunities for new business ventures and interface as appropriate with Dow's joint ventures in the Kingdom. He will also support key partnerships and technical projects in Saudi Arabia, such as those at the Dow Middle East and Africa R&D Center at King Abdulla's University of Science and Technology (KAUST)."

Joint venture

Allawi's appointment follows Dow's announcement of the signing of the Joint Venture (JV) Shareholders' Agreement for Sadara Chemical Company by Saudi Aramco President and Chief Executive Officer Khalid A. Al-Falih and Dow Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Andrew N. Liveris. Once complete, the JV complex will be one of the world's largest integrated chemical facilities, and the largest ever built in one single phase.

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