President Kathleen Bader Again Earns Spot on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women List

October 9, 2003 by  

Horgen, Switzerland – October 06, 2003

Kathleen Bader , Business Group President, Styrenics & Engineered Products; Corporate Vice President, Quality & Business Excellence, The Dow Chemical Company, has again been named to Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business International list. Bader has appeared on the list since it was created in 2001. Ranked number 25 this year, Bader was cited by Fortune for enabling her business portfolio to hold its ground in the face of a challenging economic climate for the chemical industry. Her role on the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council, where she has introduced business strategic planning tools into the public policy process, and her commitment to Habitat for Humanity, also contributed heavily to her presence on the list. She is the only chemical industry executive on the list.

In compiling the list, Fortune editors examine the resumes, accomplishments and management philosophies of several hundred female executives, across all industries. The editors this year noted, “Winning a spot on this list just keeps getting more difficult. When it was launched…heading a $3 billion business practically guaranteed inclusion. Not anymore. We judge women in for-profit businesses by four key criteria: the size and importance of the woman’s business, her clout inside her company, the arc of her career, and her influence on mass culture and society.” The full list can be viewed on

Bader’s continued presence on the list highlights Dow’s commitment to both world-class leadership and diversity, both of which play a key role in the company’s People Strategy and Sustainable Development Operating Plan

About The Dow Chemical Company
Dow is a leading science and technology company that provides innovative chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services to many essential consumer markets. With annual sales of $28 billion, Dow serves customers in more than 170 countries and a wide range of markets that are vital to human progress, including food, transportation, health and medicine, personal and home care, and building and construction, among others. Committed to the principles of Sustainable Development, Dow and its approximately 50,000 employees seek to balance economic, environmental and social responsibilities.


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