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Activist investor Daniel Loeb wants Dow CEO removed as part of DuPont merger

Loeb wrote a private letter to Dow's board questioning the timing of the merger, according to reports

NEW YORK—Dow Chemical Co.’s board reaffirmed its support for the company’s merger with DuPont after a news report said activist investor Daniel Loeb wants Dow’s CEO to be removed.

The Wall Street Journal said Loeb, who heads Third Point LLC, wrote a private letter to Dow’s board questioning the timing of the merger and pushing for Dow CEO Andrew Liveris to be removed. Loeb’s firm has a two per cent stake in Dow, according to FactSet.

A Third Point spokeswoman said the report was correct but declined further comment.

Dow and DuPont announced a merger Friday that would form a $130 billion company that would later be split into three separate companies.

Dow’s board, including two members selected by Third Point, said in a Dec. 14 statement that they fully support the deal.

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