Chief Digital Officer | episode 451

Digital Innovation at Dow

Melanie Kalmar is the Corporate Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Digital Officer of Dow, the $60 billion 123-year-old chemical and material sciences company that was re-born in 2019 when DowDuPont split into three separate companies. In this role, Melanie is responsible for driving the global strategy for information technology and digital capabilities to advance Dow’s growth and business strategies. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team and leads the Dow Services Business which provides services in support of Dow’s merger and acquisition strategy. Melanie joined Dow in 1987, and she has held several IT leadership positions within the company. April 27, 2020

451: Dow CIO and CDO Melanie Kalmar recaps the merger with DuPont, subsequent executive shuffle, and ultimately the spinoff that resulted in Dow and two other publicly traded companies, Corteva and Dupont. The new Dow is a material science company that heavily invests in research and development and collaborating with customers to drive innovation. She notes that mergers present an opportunity to invest in future capabilities, and that Dow invested heavily in its digital transformation. We also discuss the expansion of her role to include the CDO title, the three anchors of Dow’s digital and IT strategy, her interest in artificial intelligence and Dow’s artificial intelligence competency center, and a variety of other topics.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

From strategy to implementation

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