Ed Rule is a Manufacturing and Environmental, Health and Safety professional with over 36 years of global, cross-cultural experience in corporate, business, site and JV leadership roles. He has experience in the petrochemical, energy and automotive sectors. He is passionate about helping leaders understand how they can make positive changes in their culture, improve their workplace and safely deliver their business objectives.
Ed served as a Global Director, Culture Development for Momentive Performance Materials, a leading specialty chemicals company. In this role Ed provided leadership focused on driving positive change in the corporate culture overall while providing targeted support and consulting to the company’s underperforming sites globally.
Ed’s 30+ year career at The Dow Chemical Company, saw him in 30+ manufacturing facilities across 25 countries. He served for 3.5 years as the EH&S Expertise Director during the formation and launch of Sadara Chemical Company, a JV company between Saudi Aramco and Dow, in Khobar and Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Ed was responsible for standing up Sadara’s EH&S organization and management systems. During this assignment Ed regularly interfaced with Sadara Board of Directors, Senior management, 3rd parties and the $20B project’s global lenders.
Ed served in several other leadership roles at Dow including as a Business Operations Leader (EH&S) for Dow’s specialty plastics businesses, where he managed the business’ global EH&S issues – overall performance, M&A and divestitures. He served as a Production Leader for Dow, where he supervised all operations of Bromine and Calcium Chloride manufacturing and labor relations at the Ludington, MI site.
Earlier in his career Ed worked in a variety of functions for Dow including manufacturing, and capital project engineering. Ed also had brief experiences in the automotive industry at Diamond Star Motors, a Chrysler-Mitsubishi greenfield JV, and the electric power industry at Central Illinois Public Service Co. (now Ameren).
Ed earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electric Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and is a registered Professional Engineer.