Sarah Eckersley, Ph.D.

Vice President of R&D, Industrial Intermediates & Infrastructure


Dr. Sarah Eckersley is the Vice President of R&D for Industrial Intermediates & Infrastructure (II&I) at Dow. II&I consists of two customer-centric global businesses, Industrial Solutions and Polyurethanes & Construction Chemicals, that develop important intermediate chemicals that are essential to manufacturing processes, as well as downstream, customized materials and formulations that use advanced development technologies. The II&I unit of Dow has over $16B in sales and offers customers value-added sustainable solutions to enhance comfort, energy efficiency, product effectiveness and durability. Applications address a wide range of sections, including home comfort and appliance, building and construction and adhesives and lubricants, among others. Eckersley is also an executive member of the R&D leadership team at Dow and is accountable for developing and setting organizational and technological strategy.

Prior to her role leading II&I R&D, Eckersley was the Global R&D Director for Dow Coatings, Monomers and Plastics Additives. She collaborated closely with marketing and commercial organizations to identify high value initiatives for growth and profitability. In her expansive career at Dow, Eckersley previously held critical roles in Core R&D, Pharma & Food Solutions to Packaging and Specialty Plastics.

Eckersley is a proven leader with over 25 years of industry experience and an active member of the Technical Advisory Board for the Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Science and Technology Advisory committee of the American Coatings Association.

Eckersley holds a B.A.S.c in chemical engineering, University of Ottawa and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, University of Waterloo. Eckersley has also completed programs in the Young Executives Residency, UNC Kenan Flagler Business School, and Women on Corporate Boards, Harvard Business School.

In 2021, Eckersley was recognized with the Lawrence B. Evans Award in Chemical Engineering Practice from the AICHE and a Global Leader Award from the Society of Women Engineers. Twice, she has received the Roon Foundation Award, a premier recognition from the coatings industry.
Eckersley is passionate about Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I), exhibiting this by publishing articles as well as frequently participating as a keynote speaker both internally at Dow and externally. She has co-authored 25 peer reviewed publications and 6 issued U.S. patents.

MBS 2022 Panelist: Diversity and Social Sustainability, the Competitive Advantage of the Future