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Trump Appoints Dow CEO as Head of Manufacturing Panel

Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris has apparently lined up some interesting retirement activities after he steps down as head of the Michigan chemical giant.

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Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris has apparently lined up some interesting retirement activities after he steps down as head of the Michigan chemical giant.

President-elect Donald Trump announced at a rally in Grand Rapids last week that Liveris would lead the American Manufacturing Council, an advisory panel to the Commerce Department.

More details about the panel, its role and its members are expected this week.

"We’re going to put you all to work," Liveris said at the event, according to The Wall Street Journal. "We’ve got ideas and we’ve got plans."

Liveris, 62, indicated earlier this year that he would depart as Dow's CEO by mid-2017 after the expected approval of his company's massive merger with DuPont. He expects to stay on as executive chairman of the newly merged company and guide its transition into three separate, publicly traded companies within two years.

Liveris also announced at the rally that Dow plans to open a new innovation center in Michigan. The facility is expected to shift 100 overseas Dow jobs back to its home state and create 100 new positions.

The Journal noted that Dow restructuring efforts led to the announcement of thousands of job cuts over the past two years.

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