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William S. Stavropoulos

William S. Stavropoulos

President and Founder

William Stavropoulos, former CEO and chairman, is president and founder of the Michigan Baseball Foundation and the Great Lakes Loons. He also serves as the chairman emeritus of the Board of Directors of The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Michigan.

His career with Dow spanned 39 years, serving in a variety of positions in Research, Marketing, and general management. He served as president and chief operating officer from 1993-1995; president and CEO from 1995-2000; chairman and CEO from 2002-2004; and chairman from 2000-2006. Stavropoulos was a member of the Board of Directors of Dow from July 1990 to March 2006.

He is a director of Teradata Corporation, Chemical Financial Corporation, Maersk Inc., and Tyco International, Inc., and is on the Advisory Board for Metalmark Capital LLC. He is a trustee of the Fidelity Equity and High Income Funds' Board and is an Advisory Partner of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC. Stavropoulos is non-executive chairman of Univar. Stavropoulos is past chairman of the American Chemistry Council, Society of Chemical Industry, and American Plastics Council.

Stavropoulos received many honors throughout his career including: 2010 named an Archon by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch; 2010 inducted into the Midland County Sports Hall of Fame as a "Professional Baseball Visionary, 2007 Northwood University Naegele Distinguished Community Service Award, induction into Junior Achievement of Central Michigan's Business Hall of Fame in 2005; Northwood University's 2004 Outstanding Business Leader Award; Institutional Investor magazine's award as one of the Best CEOs in America in the category of Chemicals/Commodity (1999, 2003, and 2004); 2003 Society of Plastic Engineers Annual Business Management Award; Société de Chimie Industrielle's 2001 Palladium Medal Award; 2001 Chemical Industry Medal Award from Society of Chemical Industry; The Man of the Year Award from the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce in 2000; CEO of the Year Kavaler Award in 1999; honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Northwood University in 1998; the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1998; The Man of the Year Award from Hellenic American Bankers Association in 1997; and The Man of the Year Award from the American Hellenic Education Progressive Association in 1995.

Stavropoulos holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University and a doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the University of Washington.

He and his wife, Linda, have two children and six grandchildren, all fans of the Great Lakes Loons.