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Charles O. Holliday, Jr.

Chad Holliday at the Council on Competitiveness' 2007 annual meeting
Born 1948 (1948)
Nashville, Tennessee
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Tennessee
Salary $10.21 million (2008, including salary, bonuses and stock options)[1]
Title Former Chairman (January 1, 1999-31 December 2009) and former CEO (1998-2008) of DuPont[2]
Parents Charles O. Holliday, Sr. and Ann Hunter

Charles O. Holliday, Jr. (Chad) is a former Chairman and a former Chief Executive Officer of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont).[3] He is the Chairman of both the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and the Business Roundtable's Task Force for Environment, Technology and Economy. Holliday is also a founding member of the International Business Council.


Early life

Holliday was born in 1948 and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from John Overton High where met his future wife, Ann.[4] Holliday earned his B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1970. Holliday started at DuPont in the summer of 1970 at DuPont's Old Hickory site. He then turned a summer job at DuPont into a full-time position as an engineer.[5] He advanced through manufacturing and supervisory positions around the world until he was named CEO in 1998.

Professional career

Holliday was the 18th CEO of DuPont in more than 200 years of DuPont history. Under Holliday’s leadership, DuPont established a goal of achieving sustainable growth – increasing shareholder and societal value while simultaneously decreasing DuPont's environmental footprint. As a result, DuPont has shifted from being a chemical company to being a science-based products and services company. On September 23, 2008, DuPont announced that Holliday would retire as CEO on December 31, 2008 and that its board of directors had elected Ellen J. Kullman to succeed Holliday with effect from January 1, 2009.[3] On 30 October 2009, DuPont announced that Holliday would retire as Chairman with effect from December 31, 2009 and that Kullman had been appointed Chairman effective from that date.[6][7]

Holliday currently serves as the Chairman of Council on Competitiveness and the Business Roundtable's Task Force for Environment, Technology and Economy.[8] Holliday has previously served as Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Chairman of The Business Council and Chairman of the Society of Chemical Industry – American Section.[8] He is also a founding member of the International Business Council.

On September 21, 2009, Holliday was elected to the Board of Directors of Bank of America Corporation.[9]

Holliday holds a honorary doctorate from Polytechnic University, and is a licensed professional engineer.[10]



While CEO of DuPont in 2008, Holliday earned total compensation of $10,213,441, which included a base salary of $1,369,500, a cash bonus of $1,732,000, stocks granted of $4,796,309, and options granted of $2,166,672.[1]


Holliday has co-written a book titled Walking the Talk, which details the business case for sustainable development and corporate responsibility.


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