Dupont CEO speaks to the Corps
DuPont Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Charles O. (Chad) Holliday spoke to the Corps of Cadets today on leadership and ethics.
“A company’s values withstand bad and good economic times,” Holliday told cadets in McAlister Field House. DuPont’s values, Holliday went on to add, include a commitment to ensuring safety, upholding high ethical standards, making environmental considerations, and respecting people regardless of race, religion, or sex. “If you focus on making people great, your business will follow,” he said.
Indeed, it is probably DuPont’s strong commitment to maintaining values that has contributed to the company’s 200-year success. As the 70th largest U.S. industrial/service corporation, DuPont employs more than 79,000 people in more than 70 countries worldwide. Revenues for 2002 were $24 billion.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Holliday has been with DuPont for more than 30 years. He was the company's first chief executive with extensive experience outside the United States, having been based in Japan for seven years as head of Asia Pacific operations. He began working at DuPont during summers and worked his way up through various positions in manufacturing, planning, marketing and management.
Holliday’s speech was part of the college’s Greater Issues Series. The Greater Issues Series is the premier lecture series at The Citadel. Since it was established in 1954, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to The Citadel campus. The series is made possible by a grant from The Citadel Foundation.