Louis is Chief of Staff, Office of the Chairman & CEO and Vice President, Olympic & Sports Solutions at The Dow Chemical Company (Dow).
As Chief of Staff, Vega manages strategic initiatives that require cross functional, business and geographic coordination, provides oversight of executive projects, and leads the team that supports the Office of the Chairman & CEO and Executive Communications for appearances and actions that require the engagement of the CEO and other corporate executives.
In his role as Vice President of Olympic & Sports Solutions, Vega is responsible for extracting the full business and brand value of Dow’s partnerships with the Olympic Games, Richard Childress Racing, the PGA and more to drive revenue growth for Dow. Vega has established a business structure uniquely positioned harness the combined power of the Dow brand, the Olympic Movement and Dow’s sports partnerships to enable opportunities for Dow businesses across the world or sport and to deliver value for Dow stakeholders. In this role, Vega serves as the primary focal point to the International Olympic Committee and engages Host Committees for upcoming Games through 2020.
Vega joined Dow in 1998 as a global business communications leader, assuming the role of Dow’s global media relations leader specifically for the Company’s merger with Union Carbide. Since then, he has advanced through a variety of roles in the public & government affairs function around the world including Horgen, Switzerland; Washington D.C.; Dubai, UAE; Midland, MI and New York.
Vega is a passionate advocate for workforce equality and represents Gays, Lesbians and Allies at Dow (GLAD) employee network as management sponsor. He is also a member of the board of directors of GLAAD and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute and partners with Out & Equal, in both a personal and a professional capacity. In 2014, he was named one of the Top 100 most influential LGBT leaders by OUTstanding, a key not-for-profit professional network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender executives and allies.
In 2015, Vega was named to the Financial Times’ Top 100 LGBT Leaders list in recognition of his efforts to champion lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in the workplace. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from New Mexico State University.
Prior to joining Dow, Vega’s early career was a progressive series of roles on Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch over the span of 12 years. He has a degree in Government & Public Relations from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and currently resides in New York City, NY.