MIDLAND, MI: Matt Davis, corporate VP for global public affairs and government affairs at Dow Chemical, will relocate to the company’s European headquarters in Horgen, Switzerland, in August.
He will retain his current leadership responsibilities. Davis will also help Dow grow internationally in the new role and influence key stakeholders critical to its business success, the company said in a statement. Focusing on government relationships in emerging geographies and assisting international leaders will also be a part of his new responsibilities.
Davis will continue to serve as a member of Dow’s executive operations team and report to chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris.
The 27-year Dow veteran said he is looking forward to the move, noting that he tells students he speaks with to chase international opportunities. Now he will get to take his own advice.
"The logic makes so much sense," Davis said, noting that Switzerland is centrally located among the geographies in which Dow operates.
Davis joined Dow in 1987 and has held various leadership roles across geographic, corporate, and business communications. In 2006, he was appointed VP of executive communications, government affairs, and community relations, then VP of public affairs in 2009. Davis gained responsibility over government affairs in 2011 and was named corporate VP in 2012.
Davis said in a March profile in PRWeek that "the reason why I believe I’m uniquely qualified to lead [communications at] Dow today is because I’ve sat in every chair in the organization up to this point."
He also noted that Dow’s status as an Olympic sponsor was bigger than just a branding opportunity, as it helps the company better appeal to potential clients globally, something his upcoming move can also achieve.
"Anytime that you can broaden your base of relationships and contacts, it’s going to help from a business perspective," said Davis.