JPS Lecture: Ellen J. Kullman, “Growing a 21st-Century Science Company: Opportunities and Challenges”

Ellen Kullman

Ellen J. Kullman. Photo by Conrad Erb.


The January 2010 meeting of the Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) provided insight into DuPont and its current leadership with a talk by DuPont CEO Ellen J. Kullman.

Kullman is only the 19th person to lead DuPont in its 206-year history. Her talk examined the essential character of DuPont as a market-driven science company, including:

  • Steps taken to maintain its financial strength and engine of innovation during the economic downturn;
  • Global megatrends driving the company’s science today; and
  • Opportunities for growth in the future.

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About the Speaker

Ellen J. Kullman began her career at DuPont in 1988 as marketing manager in the Medical Imaging business. Following service in several senior management positions, she was named vice president and general manager in 1995 and group vice president in 2000.

Kullman joined DuPont’s office of the chief executive as executive vice president in June 2006. In March 2008 she was tapped to lead the dynamic planning process for the company’s growth in emerging international markets. She was appointed president in October 2008. On January 1, 2009, she became CEO.

Kullman is on the board of trustees at Tufts University and serves on Tufts’ School of Engineering’s board of overseers. Prior to joining DuPont, she 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 master’s degree in management from Northwestern University.

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