Diego Donoso is Business President for Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics global business unit.
He is responsible for the strategic direction, marketing, and global business performance of an industry leading portfolio of innovative products leveraged across multiple high value markets like food and beverage packaging, health and hygiene, and industrial specialties like transmission pipe.
Under Donoso’s leadership, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics has deepened its market participation across multiple value chains while expanding its presence in emerging geographies to set new records of profitability in 2015. With annual sales in excess of $14 Billion, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics is widely recognized as the industry leader for high performance polyethylene resins, specialty resins and adhesives that are used in consumer packaging as well as industrial applications around the world.
Donoso joined Dow in 1991 as a trainee in the commercial area in São Paulo, Brazil after graduating with a degree in Business Administration from Babson College, in Boston, Massachusetts. Over the next 20 years, he served in numerous marketing and commercial leadership positions for Dow’s resins and plastics franchise in both Latin America (Brazil, Argentina) and Europe (Switzerland, Italy).
In 2010, Donoso was appointed President of Dow Japan and Korea with added responsibilities for the Advanced Materials Division as Asia Pacific Regional Director based in Tokyo, Japan. In early 2012, Donoso transferred to Dow corporate headquarters in Midland, Michigan as Vice President of Thermosets and was subsequently promoted to his current role later that year. He is one of the few executive leaders in the company that has worked and lived in each of the primary operating regions for Dow – Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and North America.
A strong proponent of diversity and inclusion in the workforce, Donoso is Co-Chair of Dow’s North America WIN (Women’s Innovation Network) organization and is a frequent speaker to employee groups within Dow. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English, Donoso has completed the Leadership in the Global Enterprise program from the Thunderbird School in Phoenix, Arizona, and recently completed a senior executive program at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Donoso and his wife Sandra have three daughters and live in Midland.