Charles O. Holliday, Jr.
Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc.
Elected to Deere & Company
Board of Directors, 2007
Charles O. Holliday, Jr. was elected chairman of Royal Dutch Shell in May 2015.
Holliday is former chairman of the board of Bank of America Corporation and former chairman and CEO of DuPont. Holliday joined DuPont as an engineer at Old Hickory, Tennessee, in 1970. He held various manufacturing assignments for several years, and then held positions of increasing responsibility, including corporate plans manager, global business director, and director of marketing.
In 1990, Holliday became vice president and then president of DuPont Asia Pacific, based in Tokyo, Japan. He was appointed senior vice president of DuPont in 1992. In 1995, he was appointed executive vice president, a member of the office of chief executive, and chairman-Asia Pacific. Holliday was elected director and then president of DuPont in 1997. He served as chief executive officer beginning in February 1998 and chairman and chief executive officer beginning in January 1999. He retired as chief executive officer in January 2009.
Besides serving on the boards of Deere & Company and CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd., Holliday is chair of the National Academy of Engineering, of which he has been a member since 2004, and Co-chair of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All. He is also chair of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils and is a director, American Associate, of the STS Forum.
Holliday previously served as chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, The Business Council, and Catalyst. He is chairman emeritus of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. Additionally, Holliday is a founding member of the International Business Council.
Holliday graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. He received honorary doctorates from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York, in 2005 and from Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland, in 1998.