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C-Suite Conversation Credentials: Diane Gulyas


As part of the C-Suite Conversation series, I'll publish the C-Suite Conversation Credentials, a brief bio of my guest that gives you a glimpse into her career history and qualifications. Don't miss my deep-dive interview with Diane, releasing tomorrow, where we talk about her experiences as a plant manager and living and working abroad, best advice she has ever received, and perspective on work-life balance!

Diane retired from DuPont in April, 2014. Prior to that, she was president, DuPont Performance Polymers, leading the $4 billion global performance polymers business with two thirds of its sales outside the U.S. She was responsible for guiding and expanding the growth and profitability of this organization around the world by providing customers, particularly in the automotive, packaging, construction, and consumer durables markets, with high-performance polymer, resin, and film materials. She previously served as chief marketing and sales officer for DuPont globally. In that role she was responsible for corporate branding and marketing communications, market research, e-business, customer contact centers, and marketing and sales capability worldwide. Before that appointment, she was group vice president for the $3 billion electronics and communications platform. A 36-year veteran of DuPont, Ms. Gulyas had served as a member of the senior management operating team since 2002. Earlier in her career, she lived and worked in Geneva, Switzerland as European business manager and Mechelen, Belgium as plant manager for Engineering Polymers compounding operation.

Since her retirement, Diane has become a full time professional board director, serving on four boards. She serves on the board of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceutical based in London and is a member of their Compensation Committee. She also serves on the board of W.R. Grace. in Columbia MD and is the Chair of the Corporate Responsibility Committee and serves on the board of Expeditors, a global logistics firm based in Seattle. Finally, she joined the board of the LPGA in January of 2017.

Diane graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a chemical engineering degree in 1978 and completed the Advanced Management Program at Wharton in 1994. She currently serves on the University of Notre Dame's Engineering Advisory Board.

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