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DAA: John Madia

John Madia

John Madia


Carmel, IN


Home runs have long been on John Madia’s mind — from his Purdue baseball scholarship days to his nearly 30-year career with The Dow Chemical Co., and even today’s pastime, Indiana Bulls youth baseball. The story began in his hometown of Utica, New York, when a Boilermaker alumnus spotted him on the baseball diamond and talked about Purdue. Growing up in a family that bred racehorses, Madia had long been interested in animal science; early on, he traveled with his father, who was a representative for animal health companies. His interests were a good fit for Purdue, on the field and in the classroom. He graduated in 1978, and immediately signed on to work for Dow, where he has been ever since. “Dow provided me an opportunity to have many different careers in the same company,” Madia says. He has held posts with ever-increasing responsibilities in sales, marketing, development, Six Sigma implementation, and human resources, working in New York City and Rochester, N.Y.; Minneapolis; Midland, Mich.; Philadelphia; and since 1990, Indianapolis. “I’ve had opportunities to travel, to meet people all over the world and to work in the company’s global functions,” he says. “Those are experiences no one can take away.” Today, as vice president of human resources, Madia is the global focal point for manufacturing and engineering, research and development, shared services, and human resource information technology. Outside work, the father of four is devoted to two youth organizations, serving board posts for the Indiana Bulls Baseball Organization and the national FFA Foundation Sponsor’s Board. While he’s no longer spending time in the dugout, he is often in the bleachers, rooting as his children compete in various sports. “The people at Purdue always had great expectations for me and other students. They taught that way, talked that way, counseled that way. Because of that, I approached the work world with a high degree of confidence.”