Robert D. Hansen Named CEO of Dow Corning, Burns Stays As Board Chair: Midland-based Dow Corning Corp. said Tuesday that its board of directors had named Robert D. Hansen CEO of the company, effective immediately. Stephanie A. Burns will remain chairman. Hansen, 50, has been employed by Dow Corning for 29 years and was named president in November 2010. He will continue to serve as president. Hansen joined Dow Corning’s Finance function in 1982, in Midland. Six years later, he relocated to Brazil as regional finance manager, returning to the U.S. in 1992 as economic evaluator and controller for the rubber business. Hansen became the manager for the South American region in 1996. Following that, he had numerous roles including product line management, procurement director and global oversight for Dow Corning’s Construction business before being named European Area president in 2002. Hansen was named vice president and general manager of the Core Products Business in 2005, and was subsequently promoted to executive vice president. A graduate of Valparaiso University, with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, Hansen now serves on the university’s board of directors. He is also actively involved in the community serving on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Central Michigan and Midland County United Way. He was the chair of Midland’s 2010 United Way campaign. Hansen is a native of Midland, where he and his wife, Kathy, now reside. They have two grown children and one grandchild. Dow Corning, a global leader in silicones and silicon-based technology, offers more than 7,000 products to 25,000 customers worldwide. It is equally owned by Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) and New York-based Corning Inc. (NYSE: GLW). More at www.dowcorning.com.
CMU-RC elects new board member: Mike Rehberg, senior investment manager at Dow Chemical Co. in the Venture Capital group, has been elected to serve on the Central Michigan University Research Corp. board of directors. Rehberg will serve a three-year term representing the private sector on the CMU-RC governing body. Rehberg joined Dow in 1980 and held a variety of positions in the company before assuming his current responsibilities in the Venture Capital group managing direct investment opportunities in areas including information technology, electronic materials and sustainability. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University and has completed venture capital training from the North American Venture Capital Institute. The CMU-RC board of directors is a 12-member governing body that manages the nonprofit organization with a mission of advancing economic development by leveraging the resources of Central Michigan University, the Mount Pleasant SmartZone, and its local, regional and statewide partners to accelerate the success of entrepreneurs, growing businesses and jobs. For additional news from Central Michigan University, visit the CMU Media Channel at www.cmichedu/mediachannel.