James R Fitterling, vice chairman and chief operating officer of The Dow Chemical Company, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara), effective January 1, 2016.
Fitterling succeeds William Weideman, who has served as a member of Sadara’s board since its inception in November 2011, said a company statement.
Sadara is a joint venture developed by Saudi Aramco and The Dow Chemical Company. With a total investment of about $20 billion, Sadara is building a world scale chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City II in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.
Sadara’s board has extended its thanks and gratitude to Weideman for his contributions and efforts during his tenure as a member.
As a member of Dow’s most senior leadership, Fitterling has played a key role in developing and executing Dow’s strategy to invest in a market-driven portfolio of advantaged and technology-enabled businesses, said the statement.
Fitterling joined Dow in 1984 and has served in a variety of roles since then. In 1998 he was appointed as global business director for liquid separations, followed in 2000 by his appointment as general manager for Dow in Thailand and managing director for the SCC-Dow Group of joint venture companies. In 2010, Fitterling took on the role of executive vice president of The Dow Chemical Company & president, plastics and hydrocarbons, and in 2014 was appointed as vice chairman, business operations.
Fitterling earned his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
Comprising 26 manufacturing units, the Sadara complex is the world’s largest to be built in a single phase and will be the first in the Middle East to use refinery liquids, such as naphtha, as feedstock. By using best-in-class technologies to crack refinery liquid feedstock, Sadara will enable many industries that either currently do not exist in Saudi Arabia or only exist through imports of raw materials.
The adjacent PlasChem Park, a unique collaboration between Sadara and the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, will create more value downstream, generating unprecedented investment, innovation, economic growth and thousands of jobs, it said.