MIDLAND, MI: In another example of PR pros being recognized for more than just their communication savvy, Dow Chemical has promoted global public affairs VP Elin Miller to head one of its major business units.
MIDLAND, MI: In another example of PR pros being recognized for
more than just their communication savvy, Dow Chemical has promoted
global public affairs VP Elin Miller to head one of its major business
Miller, named one of PRWeek’s ’50 Most Powerful Women in PR’ last year
(Aug. 9, 1999), will lead the Global Urban Pest business unit for Dow
AgroSciences (DAS). In the new role, which takes effect March 15, Miller
will oversee all termite products, turf and ornamental products and
various other lines of home pest control products for the Indiana-based
She will also lead the company’s Pacific Trade Area, reporting directly
to DAS president and CEO Charles Fischer.
Miller’s replacement in the all-important global public affairs position
has not yet been named, though the company is said to have canvassed for
candidates both internally and externally.
Given her extensive background in public affairs as well as government
and community relations, Miller’s promotion clearly shows the confidence
that top corporates have in their best communicators. Miller said she is
not concerned about her lack of true nuts-and-bolts managerial
’One of the things I have learned is to see things from the eyes of our
stakeholders,’ she explained.
’This outside-looking-in perspective, seeing things from the perspective
of our key audiences - communities, customers and shareholders - has
been great preparation for business management.’
Miller led global government and public affairs for the DAS division
from 1996 to 1998. Before that, she worked for California governor Pete
Wilson as director of the Department of Conservation. From 1993 to 1996,
she served as chief deputy director of California’s Department of
Earlier in the decade, Miller spent two years as a regional state
government relations manager for what is now Dow AgroSciences, where she
directed corporate, legislative and regulatory affairs policy for eight