Charles O. (Chad) Holliday, Jr., 51, is Chairman and CEO. He has been with DuPont for 30 years. Chad has been chief executive officer since February 1, 1998, and chairman since December 31, 1998. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he received his bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering.
Chad is the first DuPont chief executive with extensive experience outside the United States, having been based in Tokyo, Japan, for seven years as head of DuPont's Asia Pacific operations. In his 30-year DuPont career, Chad has touched virtually every DuPont business — from fibers and chemicals to agricultural products and biotechnology. His diverse assignments have spanned nearly all key functional areas: manufacturing, marketing, finance, planning and business management.
Chad grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, where he learned the value of hard work and getting along with people. He fully expected to take over his father's industrial equipment distribution business — until his senior year in college when his father sold the business. An industrial engineer by training, Chad parlayed a summer job at DuPont into a full-time position in 1970. Since then, he advanced through various manufacturing and supervisory assignments to product planning and marketing positions and, more recently, to executive responsibilities and his current role as CEO.
Charles O. Holliday
Chairman and Chief Executive of DuPont