Geoffery E. Merszei is chairman of the Company's Geographic Leadership Council. He is a member of Dow's Executive Leadership Committee, which is responsible for corporate strategy and financial performance.
Merszei, who first joined Dow in 1977, left the Company in 2001 to become Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alcan, Inc. He returned to Dow in July 2005 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to accepting the position at Alcan, Merszei's career with Dow had spanned 24 years. He joined the company from Royal Bank of Canada in 1977 as Credit Manager for Dow Middle East/Africa based in Geneva, Switzerland and in 1980 moved to Hong Kong as Credit Manager for Dow Asia Pacific. Two years later he was named Credit and Finance Manager for the region.
In 1983, Merszei was appointed Treasurer for Dow Germany and Eastern Europe based in Frankfurt. Three years later he moved to Corporate Treasury in Midland, Michigan as Foreign Exchange Manager, before returning to Hong Kong as Director of Finance for Dow Asia Pacific in 1988.
In 1991, Merszei accepted the role of Director of Finance/Treasurer for Dow Europe based in Horgen, Switzerland, where he remained until being appointed Vice President and Treasurer of the Company and returning to Midland in 1996. He resigned from that role when he moved to Alcan in September 2001.
Merszei represents Dow on the Cefic Board and Executive Committee. He also serves as chair of the Nomination Committee which appoints senior roles in the association and ensures there is a fair distribution of sectors, businesses and nationalities.
Prior to relocating to Europe, Merszei served as Dow's lead director on the Board of Directors of Dow Corning Corporation; a member of the Board of Directors of Chemical Financial Corporation as well as a Trustee and Executive Committee member of the United States Council for International Business.
Merszei holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Albion College, Michigan, USA.
Geoffrey Merszei is also Member of the Cefic Board and Executive Committee, Chairman of the Cefic ACOM group, Chairman of the Cefic Nomination Committee.