“That system of geopolitics brought us this notion that globalization superseded the United Nations as a way of dealing with each other. That’s been torn asunder.”
Former Dow chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris shares insights on leading companies in an era of disruption and geopolitical uncertainty. He discusses instilling a solutions mindset in the next generation to drive change in business, society, and government, and how activists and short-term “renters” of stock can impact long-term strategic thinking. Topics include:
- How a multicultural upbringing in Darwin, Australia shaped Andrew’s open, inclusive leadership style and view of diversity as an asset
- The challenges leaders face today with constant disruption, tribalism, and short-term mindsets
- Why the “American Global Corporation” model is breaking down and the need for businesses to step up in the leadership breach
- What it takes to build an “enlightened board” that incorporates diverse viewpoints and contextual decision-making
Liveris’s new book, Leading Through Disruption, is now available in US bookstores.
About Andrew Liveris
Andrew N. Liveris AO is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company and the former Executive Chairman of DowDuPont. As the company’s longest-serving non-family CEO, and with a combined 42 years of experience at Dow, Andrew had assignments in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management before becoming CEO and Chairman.
In April 2022, Andrew was named President of the Board of the Brisbane Organising Committee for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games (OCOG). He currently serves as Chairman of The Hellenic Initiative. He is a Director of Lucid Motors, IBM, Saudi Aramco, Worley (Deputy Chairman), Novonix and the Minderoo Foundation.
Andrew sits on the Advisory Board of Salesforce, the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Teneo and NEOM (an initiative driven by Saudi Vision 2030). He is a Special Advisor to the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Andrew serves as a trustee for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and the United States Council for International Business.
He has advised three U.S. presidents and served as co-chair of US President Barack Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, adviser to President Trump and now President Biden. He is Co-Chair of the Build Together Coalition that successfully advocated for the USD1.2T Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed by President Biden in 2020. Andrew was also appointed as a Special Advisor to the Australian Government’s National COVID-19 Coordination Commission.
In his book published in 2011, Make it in America, Andrew advocates for the criticality of manufacturing in building valuable skills and delivering solutions for this century, an era of sustainability, digitalisation, and geopolitical dynamism. In 2018 Andrew established the Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership at the University of Queensland. His second book Leading Through Disruption in which Andrew provides a new leadership paradigm for resilience and agility in a rapidly changing world, was published in 2023.
Andrew was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to international business.