Dow Coating Materials, a global business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, has named Jose Maria Bermudez as the new general manager for North America. In this role, Bermudez will lead all aspects of Dow Coating Materials’ business in North America, including sales, manufacturing and engineering, technical services, supply chain, customer service, and marketing.

“Jose Maria is an experienced, respected business leader with comprehensive understanding of our industry, technology and organization,” said Guillermo Novo, Dow Coating Materials group vice president. “His innovative thinking and proven management style will help ensure that we continue to provide our customers in North America with the highest degree of service and product innovation.”

Bermudez has served in a variety of senior leadership roles with Dow (and previously Rohm and Haas) for more than 20 years, most recently as the general manager for Dow Coating Materials in Latin America. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University, a master’s degree of Science in Quality Management from Tampa College and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Chemical Engineering from UDLAP in Puebla, Mexico. In addition to his Dow role, Bermudez has served on the Board of Directors for Fondo Unido (United Way Mexico), the American Chamber of Commerce, and ANIQ (Asociacion Nacional de la Industria Quimica). Bermudez will be based at Dow Coating Materials’ corporate headquarters in Philadelphia, Pa.

“I am thrilled to be assuming leadership of Dow Coating Materials’ North America business at this critical time in the industry,” Bermudez said. “The global coatings industry continues to move toward a more solution-based strategy across every manufacturing and application segment. I look forward to working closely with Dow customers in North America to deliver integrated product and performance solutions and valuable efficiencies to help drive growth.”

About Dow Coating Materials
Dow Coating Materials provides material products, science, technology, and manufacturing solutions to the architectural and industrial coatings industry worldwide. Dow Coating Materials operates 43 manufacturing plants worldwide and 12 dedicated R&D facilities across all major geographic markets where Dow does business.