President North America & VP of Gov’t Affairs, NA, The Dow Chemical Company
Louis Vega is President Dow Australia & New Zealand at The Dow Chemical Company.
Previously as Chief of Staff, Office of the Chairman & CEO and Vice President, Olympic & Sports Solutions at Dow, Vega managed strategic initiatives that required cross-functional, business and geographic coordination, provided oversight of executive projects, and led the team that supports the Office of the Chairman & CEO and Executive Communications for appearances and actions that required the engagement of the CEO and other corporate executives.
Vega joined Dow in 1998 as a global business communications leader, assuming the role of Dow’s global media relations leader specifically for the Company’s merger with Union Carbide. Since then, he has advanced through a variety of roles in the public & government affairs function around the world including Horgen, Switzerland; Washington D.C.; Dubai, UAE; Midland, MI and New York.
Vega is a passionate advocate for workforce equality and represents Gays, Lesbians and Allies at Dow (GLAD) employee network as management sponsor. He is also a member of the board of directors of GLAAD and the LGBTQ Victory Institute and partners with Out & Equal, in both a personal and professional capacity. In 2014, he was named one of the Top 100 most influential LGBTQ leaders by OUTstanding, a key not-for-profit professional network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender executives and allies.
In 2015, Vega was named to the Financial Times’ Top 100 LGBTQ Leaders list in recognition of his efforts to champion lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) equality in the workplace. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from New Mexico State University.
Prior to joining Dow, Vega’s early career was a progressive series of roles on Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch over the span of 12 years. He has a degree in Government & Public Relations from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and currently resides in New York City.