Catalyst today announced that DuPont Chairman and CEO Charles O. (Chad) Holliday, Jr., will become the new Chair of the Catalyst Board of Directors. Holliday assumes leadership from Thomas J. Engibous, Chairman of Texas Instruments, who will continue to serve on the Catalyst Board. The Board of Directors comprises 31 Fortune 500 CEOs and top business and professional leaders, who work together to fulfill the Catalyst mission—to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women at work.
“As we thank Tom for his extraordinary dedication and for serving as both a leader and a mentor over the past four years, we look forward to Chad’s fine stewardship as our new Chair,” said Catalyst President Ilene H. Lang. “With his insights and expertise, and his generosity of time and spirit, Chad contributes so much in advancing the Catalyst mission. We are fortunate to have these two remarkable leaders on our board.”
“Catalyst has been absolutely steadfast in pursuing its vision of supporting and encouraging women in their career aspirations,” said Holliday. “I look forward to working with the Catalyst team and our members to advance Catalyst’s mission and extend the impact of its work.”
The 18th executive to lead DuPont, Holliday became CEO on February 1, 1998, and Chairman on January 1, 1999. He has been with DuPont for more than 30 years. With more than 60,000 employees in 70 countries worldwide, DuPont offers a wide range of products and services in such areas as food and nutrition, healthcare, apparel, safety and security, construction, electronics, and transportation. In 2004, Holliday was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering and also became chairman of the Business Roundtable’s Task Force for Environment, Technology and Economy. Holliday is a former chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Business Council, and the Society of Chemical Industry – American Section. A founding member of the International Business Council, Holliday is chairman of the U.S. Council of Competitiveness and currently serves on the board of directors of HCA, as well as on the Catalyst Board.
Catalyst is the leading research and advisory services organization working with businesses and the professions to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women at work. As an independent, nonprofit membership organization, it conducts research on all aspects of women’s career advancement and provides strategic and web-based consulting services globally. With the support and confidence of member corporations and firms, Catalyst remains connected to business and its changing needs. In addition, Catalyst honors exemplary business initiatives that promote women’s leadership with the annual Catalyst Award. With offices in New York, San Jose, and Toronto, Catalyst is consistently ranked No. 1 among U.S. nonprofits focused on women’s issues by The American Institute of Philanthropy.