As you face career or life decisions, adopt a structured process for improving your chances of making good decisions:
Much lengthier discussion of this structured process and other strategies can be found in the book ‘Decisive’, by Chip & Dan Heath.
Al has a PhD in chemistry and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He started his Dow career in Analytical Sciences R&D, developed expertise in polymer characterization, and contributed to the startup of a quality control lab in Argentina. Al moved into a Six Sigma role in 2000 to strengthen his project leadership and problem-solving skills and drove improvements in manufacturing, R&D, maintenance, purchasing, commercial, and Environment, Health & Safety work processes. He has also served as a senior operational excellence consultant for Supply Chain and for Human Resources.
He is currently in the role of Core R&D Global Learning Leader, responsible for developing Dow’s Digital R&D Academy and the change management and communication aspects of Dow’s Digital Material Science program. Al has worked for Dow for 30 years and is located in the Netherlands.
Al is an ACS Fellow, and currently a member of ACS’ Committee on Chemical Safety.
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Al Ribes is Core R&D Global Learning Leader at Dow. He is responsible for developing the company's Digital R&D Academy and the change management and communication aspects of Dow’s Digital Material Science program.