Dow recently announced that John Sampson has been named senior vice president, Operations, Manufacturing & Engineering. He succeeds Peter Holicki, who will retire in 2021 after more than 34 years of service with Dow.

Sampson most recently served as executive vice president for Business Operations at Olin Corp., with executive oversight for managing the M&E, Manufacturing Services, Safety/Health & Environmental, and Technology Center of Olin’s Chemical businesses. Prior to joining Olin in 2015, he had a long career with Dow, beginning in 1983 in Louisiana in Polymers Research & Development.

“I am delighted to welcome John back to Dow,” said Jim Fitterling, chairman and CEO. “John is an outstanding, well-respected leader who brings a deep range of strategic experience in manufacturing, business and EH&S. Our global manufacturing, operations and engineering team plays a vital role in the pursuit of Dow’s ambition and future growth, and John is ideally suited to lead this world-class team.”

After moving into the Manufacturing organization in 1988 and throughout his Dow career, Sampson held a range of positions. He was a business manufacturing leader and led sites in the U.S. and Europe, including Dow’s Rhine Center facility in Germany and France from 2004-2007. He served as the global business director for Chlor-Alkali and was named Manufacturing vice president, Chemicals & Energy in 2011. He was later named vice president of Environment, Health & Safety Operations for Dow.

“I want to thank Peter Holicki for his many years of service to Dow and for his leadership,” said Fitterling. “Peter has been a steadfast champion of Dow’s Manufacturing organization throughout his career and has helped build the strong team we have in place today. I also thank him for his work as executive sponsor of the Disability Employee Network (DEN). Please join me in wishing Peter and his family every happiness as they begin this next chapter.”

Holicki joined Dow in 1987 in Stade, Germany. Over more than three decades, he held numerous leadership positions in sites across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, including serving as global manufacturing vice president of Dow’s Hydrocarbons business. In January 2014, Holicki was elected corporate vice president of Manufacturing and Engineering and Environment, Health & Safety Operations. In 2015, he was appointed senior vice president of Operations, Manufacturing and Engineering, Environment Health & Safety Operations.

Sampson will assume his new responsibilities on October 1, 2020, and will join Dow’s leadership team. For more information, visit