Executive Vice President of Business Services, Chief Sustainability Officer & Chief Information Officer, The Dow Chemical Company, USA
D. E. (Dave) Kepler is executive vice president, business
services, chief sustainability officer (CSO), and chief information
officer (CIO) for The Dow Chemical Company. He is a member of Dow's
Executive Leadership Committee, which is responsible for its
corporate strategy and financial performance. He also has oversight
responsibilities for Dow's Canadian region. In his Business
Services leadership capacity, Kepler has global responsibility for
functions including Customer Service; Information Systems;
Purchasing; Supply Chain; Work Process Improvement; and
Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S).
Kepler began his Dow career in 1975 in Pittsburg, California,
after receiving a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from
the University of California at Berkeley. He has had numerous
career assignments in Information Technology and Business, with
geographic assignments in the U.S., Canada and the Pacific.
As CSO, Kepler is responsible for guiding the sustainable
business development of the company and is charged with leading the
company's commitment to Set the Standard for Sustainability,
including achieving the company's aggressive 2015 Sustainability
Goals. He is a member of Dow's Management Committee and chairs its
Sustainability Committee. In addition, Kepler chairs the
Sustainability External Advisory Council (SEAC), an organization
formed to provide an outside-in perspective on sustainability to
As CIO, a role he has held for 10 years, Kepler has been in the
forefront of information technology deployment in the industry. He
is a recognized leader in areas such as cyber security, risk
management, value delivery, and provides advice and guidance across
industry to government.
He is a member of the board of directors of the Teradata
Corporation. Kepler is appointed to the U.S. National
Infrastructure Advisory Council that advises the President on the
protection of critical infrastructure and homeland security issues.
He is also on the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Kepler
serves as an Executive committee member of the board of the
American Chemistry Council (ACC) and as a trustee of the University
of California, Berkeley Foundation. Kepler is also a board member
of Dorinco Reinsurance Company and Liana Limited, both Dow
Kepler lives in Midland, Michigan, the headquarters of Dow,
where he and his wife chair the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of
the United Way of Midland County.