A force behind Dow Chemical's bounce back from the red last year, Liveris, 50, then COO, helped execute the firm's recovery plan, which included cutting costs and shifting focus to growing markets like China. On Nov. 1 the Australian native and sports fanatic takes over as CEO. His years of running Dow's Asia-Pacific operations will stand him in good stead, since sales in the region are on track to make it the industry's largest market within the next two to three years. --By Barbara Kiviat
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