Activist investor Daniel Loeb has called for Dow Chemical to remove its chief executive Andrew Liveris, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Last week, Dow and DuPont announced a $130 billion merger that would unite two of America's oldest companies and see Liveris become executive chairman of the combined entity.
The Journal reported Sunday that it had reviewed a private letter Loeb sent to Dow's board, in which he said making Liveris executive chairman was an "insult to Dow shareholders." He has previously criticized Liveris' strategy and spending.
In the letter, the activist also questioned whether the huge deal was rushed to completion to prevent him from speaking about it. Until the weekend, Loeb, a longtime critic of Dow, had been under a so-called standstill agreement with the company that barred him from talking the company.
Loeb's hedge fund Third Point, with about $17 billion in assets under management, has a 2 percent stake in Dow, making it one of the company's biggest investors.
Read the full WSJ article here.