Mr. Tate is Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Leggett & Platt, a diversified manufacturer, since September 2019. He previously served as Vice President and Business Finance Director for the Packaging and Specialty Plastics segment of The Dow Chemical Company, a position he held from August 2017 until August 2019. He directed and oversaw all finance activities to provide strategic and financial counsel for the businesses. Mr. Tate also served as Chief Auditor from December 2012 to July 2017, with responsibility for leading internal audit and corporate investigations globally. He began his career with Dow in Louisiana in 1992 and held a variety of accounting and controller roles before relocating to Michigan for several finance leadership assignments in Dow Automotive, Investor Relations, Performance Materials, and Performance Plastics.
Mr. Tate is a member of Financial Executives International, the Executive Leadership Council, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. He previously served on the board of TCF (legacy Chemical Financial Corporation at the time) since 2017 and served on the PCAOB Standing Advisory Group. Mr. Tate was chosen as CFO of the Year by the National Association of Black Accountants in 2020. In 2020 and 2012, he was named to Savoy magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.
Mr. Tate brings significant finance and accounting expertise to the Board and Audit Committee.
Mr. Tate holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Committees: Audit Committee