Ellen J. Kullman (born January 22, 1956) is a United States business executive. She was formerly Chair and Chief Executive Officer of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (“DuPont”) in Wilmington and is a former director of General Motors. Forbes ranked her 31st of the 100 Most Powerful Women in 2014. On October 5, 2015, DuPont announced that Kullman would retire on October 16, 2015.
Awards and honors
Kullman has been awarded Sellinger’s Business Leader of the Year. In 2014, she was given the George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. She is the first woman to receive the award. In 2015, Kullman received the International Palladium Medal from the Société de Chimie Industrielle (American Section), the Engineering Leader of the Year Award,the Pete du Pont Individual Freedom Award, and Delaware’s Order of the First State. She is also a recipient of the Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award from Catholic Charities.
On March 26, 2017, Kullman’s alma mater Tufts University announced they would be awarding her an honorary degree. In the weeks leading up to graduation, this was met by University-wide outrage. During her speech at the University’s graduation, hundreds of students protested with signs and turned their backs to her.
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