DuPont News, September 24, 2008
Ellen Kullman to Become President, Director, CEO
The DuPont board of directors has elected Ellen Kullman president and a director of the company effective Oct. 1 and chief executive officer effective Jan. 1, 2009. DuPont Chairman and CEO Chad Holliday will serve as chairman of DuPont and as a member of the board until Ellen’s expected succession as chairman.
“Ellen is ready to lead DuPont’s market-driven strategy for faster growth,” Chad said. “By appointing Ellen now as president, she will define DuPont’s detailed 2009 execution plans that will make a solid advance toward achieving our 2010 accelerated growth goals.”
Ellen is the 19th executive to lead the company in DuPont’s 206-year history. Since June 2006, she has served as an executive vice president and a member of the company’s office of the chief executive, with responsibility for four of DuPont’s five business segments and its Marketing & Sales and Environmental Sustainability functions. From February 2002 to June 2006 as group vice president of the then-newly formed DuPont Safety & Protection segment, Ellen led revenue growth from USD 3.5 billion to USD 5.5 billion. She joined the company in 1988 from General Electric.
“I am honored to have been selected by the board of directors to lead DuPont into its next phase of accelerated growth,” said DuPont Executive Vice President Ellen Kullman.
“We have a renowned science capability, a rich pipeline of new products, the right productivity mindset and terrific market opportunities. We will build on our momentum and drive earnings growth by continuing on our mission to solve challenging global problems and achieve our financial commitments, including our 2010 growth goals,” Ellen added.
DuPont News, September 24, 2008
A Glimpse of Ellen Kullman’s 20 Years at DuPont
Ellen Kullman, a native of Wilmington, Del., began her career at DuPont in 1988 as marketing manager in the Medical Imaging business. In her 20 years with the company, Ellen has held responsibilities in a broad range of businesses across the company. In March 2008, Ellen was selected to lead the dynamic planning process for the company's growth in emerging international markets.
"Ellen’s strong track record, market focus and leadership skills were the basis for the board’s decision that she is the right person to lead our exceptionally talented management team and 60,000-strong global work force into DuPont’s bright future,” Chad said. “Ellen grew what has become our highest-earning business segment, Safety & Protection, by assuring that we harnessed the power of our science to meet customer needs. She has thrived in DuPont’s transformation to a market-driven science company, she has been an important force in linking our science to our customers’ needs, and she has been instrumental to our strong emerging markets expansion.
“I look forward to working with the exceptional people of DuPont to serve our customers and communities and to reward our shareholders,” Ellen said.
Meet the Executives Ellen J. Kullman President (Designate) & Chief Executive Officer (Designate)
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A native of Wilmington, Del., Ellen began her career at DuPont in 1988 as marketing manager in the Medical Imaging business. Following two years as business director for the X-ray Film business, she moved to Printing & Publishing as global business director, Electronic Imaging. In 1994, she joined White Pigment & Mineral Products as global business director and was named vice president and general manager in 1995. She assumed leadership of two high-growth businesses, DuPont Safety Resources in 1998 and Bio-Based Materials in 1999.
Ellen was named group vice president and general manager in 2000 with the addition of Corporate New Business Development and Intellectual Assets Licensing. In 2001 she assumed responsibility for DuPont Flooring Systems and DuPont Surfaces. She was named group vice president - DuPont Safety & Protection in February 2002. In June 2006 she was named executive vice president until her appointment as DuPont President and CEO.
Ellen is a member of the board of directors of General Motors Corporation. She is on the Board of Trustees at Tufts University, serves on the board of overseers at Tufts University School of Engineering. She is also on the Board of Trustees, National Safety Council.
Prior to joining DuPont, Ellen worked for General Electric in various business development and marketing positions. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and a Masters degree in management from Northwestern University.