Ellen Kullman is a co-chair of the Paradigm for Parity® coalition and retired Chair of the Board and CEO of DuPont. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Kullman holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and an M.S. in Management from Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University.
She began her 27-year career at DuPont in 1988. Prior to joining DuPont, she worked for Westinghouse and General Electric. Kullman was named CEO at the beginning of 2009 and board chair late that year, becoming the 19th executive to lead DuPont since its founding in 1802. Prior to those appointments she served as president, executive vice president and a member of the company's office of the chief executive.
As a business leader, she 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. During her seven years as CEO, Kullman led the company's focus on growth in emerging international markets and championed the power of DuPont science and global market knowledge to transform industries. She 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. She is a board director of United Technologies, Carbon, Amgen, Goldman Sachs and Dell Technologies.
She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and past president of the U.S. China Business Council. She serves on the board of trustees of Northwestern University. Kullman has been named as one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune and one of the "World's Most Powerful Women" by Forbes.