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Chairman Emeritus

Charles O. Holliday, Jr.

Charles O. Holliday, Jr.Prior to becoming DuPont’s CEO on February 1, 1998, and chairman on January 1, 1999, Charles “Chad” O. Holliday, Jr., 60, rose through manufacturing positions; led DuPont’s global Nomex® and Kevlar® businesses; and, from 1990 until 1997, served in a series of leadership positions in Asia culminating with his appointment as chairman of Asia Pacific. He was elected president of DuPont in 1997.

Holliday started at DuPont in the summer of 1970 at the company's Old Hickory site after receiving a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is a licensed professional engineer.

Holliday is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, and he is past chairman of the Business Roundtable's Task Force for Environment, Technology and Economy; the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); The Business Council; and the Society of Chemical Industry–American Section. Holliday serves on the board of directors of Deere & Co. and is chair of the board of directors of Catalyst. In addition, he is chairman of the Council on Competitiveness and is a founding member of the International Business Council.  He co-authored Walking the Talk, which details the business case for sustainable development and corporate responsibility.