Dow Automotive Appoints New Leader

Auburn Hills, Mich., September 16, 2005 - Dow Automotive is pleased to announce the appointment of a new leader in their Auburn Hills global headquarters.

Bernie Defreitas is now Product Market Manager for North American Glass and Plastic Bonding, Small Packaging within Dow Automotive. He is responsible for the implementation of the business strategy and management of financial results for this business group that extends Dow Automotive glass bonding and structural adhesive expertise into the automotive aftermarket. Defreitas joined Dow in 1990 and has held a variety of positions in sales, market development and sales/marketing education. In his most recent position as North American Sales Education Leader, he established sales best practices and implemented them across Dow's portfolio of businesses. Defreitas earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing and finance from McMaster University in Canada.

Dow Automotive is a leading supplier of plastics, adhesives, sealants and other plastics-enhanced products for interior, exterior, under-the-hood, vehicle body structure and acoustical management applications. The organization serves global tier, OEM and aftermarket customers. With offices and application development centers around the world, Dow Automotive provides materials science expertise and comprehensive technical capabilities to its customers worldwide. For additional information about Dow Automotive products and services, visit

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