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Kullman is named CEO of DuPont

September 24, 2008|From Times Wire Services

DuPont Co. named Ellen Kullman as its chief executive, replacing Charles Holliday Jr., who is stepping down after 10 years in which he shifted the company's focus toward biotechnology and away from basic chemicals.

Kullman, a 20-year veteran of DuPont, will become president and director Oct. 1 and chief executive Jan. 1. She eventually will succeed Holliday as chairman.

Kullman, 52, is executive vice president and a member of the company's office of the chief executive. She is believed to be the first woman named CEO of a major U.S. chemical company.

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