- Declares quarterly dividend of 70 cents per share
- Fitterling elected chairman; Fettig elected independent lead director
MIDLAND, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dow Inc. (NYSE: DOW) is pleased to report the preliminary results of its 2020 Annual Meeting. Stockholders today elected Samuel R. Allen, Ajay Banga, Jacqueline K. Barton, James A. Bell, Wesley G. Bush, Richard K. Davis, Jeff M. Fettig, Jim Fitterling, Jacqueline C. Hinman, Jill S. Wyant, and Daniel W. Yohannes to the Company’s Board of Directors for one-year terms.
Stockholders approved an advisory vote on executive compensation, voted to approve executive compensation on an annual basis, and ratified the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as Dow’s independent auditor for 2020.
The final voting results on all agenda items will be available in a Form 8-K to be filed by the Company and can be found at investors.dow.com after certification by the Company’s inspector of elections. The meeting will be available via webcast replay on Dow’s website.
Following the Company’s 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of 70 cents per share, payable June 12, 2020, to shareholders of record on May 29, 2020. Consistent with Dow’s capital allocation priorities, this payout reaffirms the Company’s focus on delivering solid shareholder returns and marks the 435th consecutive dividend paid by Dow or its affiliates since 1912.
The Board also elected Dow CEO Jim Fitterling as chairman and elected Jeff Fettig to serve as independent lead director for a one-year term. Jeff joined Dow’s board in 2003 and has experience serving on the Company’s audit, compensation and governance committees.
The chairman has the lead responsibility for managing the board. The lead director will retain significant responsibilities including the authority to call meetings of the independent directors, coordinating with the chairman to set and approve the board schedule and agenda, serving as a liaison between the chairman and the independent directors, and other functions as the board may direct.
Dow’s Board of Directors bring a variety of relevant skills and diverse experiences, which includes senior leadership, global business, capital allocation, financial acumen, technology expertise, operational experience, as well as marketing and academic research backgrounds. The board is comprised of a strong balance of new and experienced directors, with more than half joining in the past five years. Additionally, Dow’s board possesses gender and ethnic diversity – more than half of the independent directors are female or members of a U.S. ethnic minority group.
Biographies for all directors, committee assignments and other corporate governance information will be available on our Corporate Governance website.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 109 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 36,500 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $43 billion in 2019. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.
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Risks related to achieving the anticipated benefits of the separation from DowDuPont Inc. include, but are not limited to, a number of conditions including risks outside the control of Dow including risks related to (i) Dow’s inability to achieve some or all of the benefits that it expects to receive from the separation from DowDuPont, (ii) certain tax risks associated with the separation, (iii) Dow’s inability to make necessary changes to operate as a stand-alone company, (iv) the failure of Dow’s pro forma financial information to be a reliable indicator of Dow’s future results, (v) Dow’s inability to enjoy the same benefits of diversity, leverage and market reputation that it enjoyed as a combined company, (vi) Dow’s inability to receive third-party consents required under the separation agreement, (vii) Dow’s customers, suppliers and others’ perception of Dow’s financial stability on a stand-alone basis, (viii) non-compete restrictions under the separation agreement, (ix) receipt of less favorable terms in the commercial agreements we entered into with E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company n/k/a/ DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (“DuPont”) and Corteva, Inc. (“Corteva”), including restrictions under intellectual property cross-license agreements, than Dow would have received from an unaffiliated third party; and (x) Dow’s obligation to indemnify DuPont and/or Corteva for certain liabilities.
Where, in any forward-looking statement, an expectation or belief as to future results or events is expressed, such expectation or belief is based on the current plans and expectations of management and expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that the expectation or belief will result or be achieved or accomplished. For a more detailed discussion of Dow’s risks and uncertainties, see the section titled “Risk Factors” contained in Part I, Item 1A of Dow Inc. and TDCC’s combined Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019. Dow Inc. and TDCC assume no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements whether because of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by securities and other applicable laws.