MINNEAPOLIS: Cargill Dow, which is producing a plastic made from corn sugar instead of oil, has hired Ann Clark Tucker as its first public affairs and communications director.
The joint venture was created in 1997 by Dow Chemical and commodities giant Cargill. In its initial years, the company was largely R&D focused but has begun marketing its products and needed someone to handle communications outreach to its audiences, said Tucker in explaining why her position was created.
Tucker has a background in the plastics industry, having done communications for the polycarbonate group of the American Plastics Council. She most recently had been director of public relations with Brandspring Solutions, an Eden Prairie, MN, company.
Cargill Dow also has hired Dennis McGrew as its chief marketing officer. McGrew and Tucker both report to the company CEO, Kathleen Bader. "We work hand in hand," said Tucker. "Communications is integrated in all the marketing efforts."
Because the company has created a new type of plastic, "you have to spend a lot of time explaining it. We have a lot of different stakeholders to reach," including the media, government, and non-governmental organizations, Tucker said.
The company works with Gibbs & Soell Public Relations. Tucker has an internal staff of three.