Columbia Business School Awards Deming Cup to DuPont Chair & CEO Ellen Kullman

NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2014 – Columbia Business School’s W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness awarded Ellen Kullman, chair and CEO of DuPont with the Deming Cup in a ceremony at Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library in New York City on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

The Deming Cup is an annual prize, awarded for the first time in 2010, recognizing world leaders who make outstanding contributions in operational excellence and foster continuous cultural improvements in their organization.

“I am deeply honored to receive the Deming Cup in recognition of the outstanding work done by the global team at DuPont,” said Kullman. “One of the Deming Principles especially pertinent to what we have been doing at DuPont since I became CEO is Principle 14: Put everybody in the company to work to accomplish transformation. DuPont has successfully transformed several times since its founding in 1802 by connecting science to the marketplace.  We do this through disciplined execution, which makes innovation possible."

Nelson M. Fraiman, director of the W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness and professor of professional practice at Columbia Business School, said, “The Deming Cup is awarded to leaders who embody the true spirit of W. Edwards Deming. It recognizes the type of leader who builds a business based on strong values and a long-term vision while at the same time cultivating an environment of operational excellence and developing a collaborative, forward-thinking culture.”

The Deming Cup’s judging committee was led by co-chairs Terry Lundgren, chairman, president and CEO, Macy’s Inc. (2012 Deming Cup winner); Sergio Marchionne, chairman and CEO, Chrysler Group LLC, CEO of Fiat SpA (2011 Deming Cup winner); and Paul H. O’Neill, 72nd secretary of the U.S. Treasury and former director and chairman of Alcoa.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.  The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.  For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit

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