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Peter Jennings

President of Dow Japan and Korea, Associate General Counsel
Dow Chemical Japan

Date of birth: Jan. 22, 1960

Hometown: West Branch, Michigan

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 6 (as of April 2018)

Peter Jennings
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

My first encounter in Japan was back in 1998, when I was based in Hong Kong and we were negotiating a joint venture agreement with a Japanese partner. The negotiations took 18 months. It was a long flight, a long ride in from Narita and so on. My experience was in summary, “challenging,” as I was probably not sufficiently patient or prepared for my induction into Japan business culture.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

I have been fortunate in my career to have had the opportunity to work with a number of extremely talented role models and outstanding leaders, including Dow Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris. He taught me to be passionate about what you do; be energetic, enthusiastic and a continuous learner; never give up, be resilient and never compromise your integrity or character.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

I don’t know that I could point to a single individual achievement, but clearly, my proudest achievement has been the hiring, mentoring, coaching and the development of a number of Dow leaders all over the world that are, as we say at Dow, “doing great things” and have such bright futures.
Seeing them flourish is the most rewarding career achievement one can ever have in my view.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

My goals have been and will continue to be building and developing the best, brightest and most diverse team at Dow in the world. My intention is to give them an opportunity for exposure and then get out of the way and let them shine. We have had essentially a 100 percent turnover in the leadership and commercial team. The next generation of Japanese leadership at Dow will be the best ever in our long history here.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

Listen, learn, get engaged and have fun. I want to be an ambassador for the all the great things about Dow and for America. I want to represent the values of the company and country in a respectful manner with high integrity.
Japanese people are wonderful and their culture is remarkable; the sharing of life and work experiences makes life here immensely interesting, exciting and meaningful.

Last updated: Oct 1, 2018