Female CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies: Ellen Kullman
Fortune 500 Company: DuPont
Became CEO: January 2009
DD Stock Under Kullman: +145% (vs. +106% for S&P 500)
One of the most powerful women in business is Ellen Kullman, the CEO of chemicals giant DuPont (DD). While Kullman has worked at DuPont for 25 years, she wasn’t promoted to the top spot until 2009.
And while Ellen Kullman was the 19th person to be named CEO of DuPont, she was the first female to take the top spot since the company was founded in 1802.
Since then, though, DD stock has been beating the market handily. A few reasons: DuPont has posted improving sale and profits (beating analyst estimates for the last four quarters), offers a sweet dividend north of 2.9% and has a solid share buyback program.
DuPont is No. 72 on the list of Fortune 500 companies, while Kullman is No. 42 in Forbes List of Most Powerful Women.