Dow Corning veteran Robert Hansen, current company president, has been elected as the company’s new CEO, effective immediately. Hansen has been with Dow Corning for 29 years and was appointed as president of the company in November 2010. Dow Corning noted that Hansen will continue to serve as president, in addition to his role as CEO and that Stephanie Burns will remain chairman of the board of directors. “As chairman, I will remain deeply engaged providing counsel and advice on the company’s business strategy, as well as support to Bob as he transitions into his new role and I prepare for retirement,” remarked Burns.
Hansen began with Down Corning in 1982 as part of the company’s finance division. He went to Brazil to work as regional finance manager six years later and came back to the US division in 1992 as an economic evaluator and controller for Dow Corning’s rubber unit. He has served as manager for the South American region with additional roles including product line manager, procurement director and global oversight for the company’s construction division. In 2002, Dow Corning named Hansen president of its European sector.
Hansen has acted as VP and general manager for the core products business and was later appointed as executive vice president before his role as president for Dow Corning began last November. He graduated with a BS degree in business administration from Valparaiso University and sits on the University’s board of directors. Hansen is a member of board for the Junior Achievement of Central Michigan and Midland County United Way.
“In the six months Bob has served as president he has brought focused attention to creating the capabilities needed to support Dow Corning’s growth,” said Chairman Stephanie Burns. “With Bob’s record of strong business leadership and results, our board of directors and I are very confident in his ability to lead Dow Corning in a new era of global expansion, technological exploration, and sustainable innovation,” concluded Burns.