In 1978, Ellen Kullman graduated in mechanical engineering from the Tufts University. In 1983, she also obtained a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. In 2013, she was granted a PhD degree at the University of Edinburgh.
Ellen Kullman began her career at General Electric. In 1988, she joined Du Pont de Nemours as a marketing manager of medical imaging business of the company. Later, she was elected as an Executive Vice-President of DuPont group, taking over responsibility for four of the company’s commercial service platforms, as well as for expansion of the company’s share in the global market. On the 1 January 2008, Ellen Kullman was elected as a president of DuPont group, with effect from 1 January 2009. Ellen became the first woman to lead the group since its foundation 206 years ago.
Between 2004 and 2008, Kullman served as a director of General Motors. At present, she is a president and CEO of DuPont, and also a member of the Board of Directors of the group.
Ellen Kullman was also elected as a member of the Tufts University Board of Directors in 2006. Between 2011 and 2015 she was also a member of the Executive Committee of The Business Council.
In June 2013, Ellen Kullman was elected as a president of US-China Business Council. During 25 years of working at DuPont, Ellen Kullman was running several industrial companies, including White Pigment and Minderal Products.
In 2009, the Forbes magazine named Ellen J. Kullman the seventh most powerful woman in the world. Ellen Kullman was also awarded the Sellinger Business Leader of the Year.