Ellen Kullman

2015 Pete du Pont Individual Freedom Award Recipient

About Ellen Kullman

Ellen Kullman, Chair of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, DuPont

Ellen Kullman, is the former chair of the board of directors and chief executive officer of DuPont. She served as Chief Executive Office 2009 to 2015.  She was named CEO on Jan. 1 and board chair on Dec. 31, 2009. She was the 19th executive to lead the company since DuPont was founded in 1802.

A native of Wilmington, Del., Ellen has championed the power of DuPont science and global market knowledge to transform industries. She has decisively positioned the company for its next generation of growth, executing a strong plan that is delivering results today while positioning DuPont for future growth.

Prior to being appointed chair of the board and chief executive officer, Ellen served as president, executive vice president and a member of the company’s office of the chief executive.  She has led the company’s focus on growth in emerging international markets, led double-digit growth of the company’s Safety & Protection business portfolio, started-up two successful high-growth businesses known today as DuPont Industrial Biosciences and DuPont Sustainable Solutions and run several industrial businesses.  Ellen began her career at DuPont in 1988 as a marketing manager for the DuPont medical imaging business.  Prior to joining DuPont, Ellen worked for Westinghouse and General Electric.

She is a board director of United Technologies Corp.  Ellen is chair of the U.S. China Business Council and member of the U.S. India CEO Forum.  Ellen is executive committee member of the Business Council and board member of Catalyst, Inc.  She is a board member of Change the Equation (CTEq), a national coalition of more than 100 CEOs committed to improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning (STEM) for U.S. pre-kindergarten to grade 12 students.  Ellen is on the board of trustees of Tufts University and the board of overseers for Tufts School of Engineering.

Ellen has been named as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune and one of the 50 “World’s Most Powerful Women” by Forbes. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and a Master of Science in Management from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  In 2011 she received an honorary Doctor of Engineering from Lehigh University followed by Doctors in Science from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Delaware in consecutive years.