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KNOXVILLE — Charles “Chad” Holliday Jr., a University of Tennessee alumnus who is now chairman of the board and chief executive officer of DuPont, received a Captains of Industry Award on Sunday at the Institute of Industrial Engineers annual conference in Nashville.

The Captains of Industry Awards honor leaders in business, industry and government such as presidents, CEOs, senior vice presidents and directors of organizations with substantial sales, assets, employment or other resources. Holliday was nominated for the Captains of Industry Award by UT College of Engineering Dean Way Kuo.

Holliday, a Nashville native, will deliver a keynote speech at the conference today. The conference continues through Wednesday.

Holliday has been with DuPont for more than 30 years, starting after receiving his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from UT. He is a licensed professional engineer.

In 2004, Holliday was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He became chairman of the Business Roundtable’s Task Force for Environment, Technology and Economy the same year. He is past chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Business Council and the Society of Chemical Industry–American Section.

While chairman of the WBCSD, Holliday co-authored “Walking the Talk,” a book that details the business case for sustainable development and corporate responsibility.

Holliday serves on the board of directors of HCA and is chair of the board of directors of Catalyst. In addition, he is chairman of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and is a founding member of the International Business Council.

Last week, Deere & Co. announced Holliday was elected to its board of directors.

UT President John Petersen and Interim Vice Chancellor for Research Lee Riedinger, along with Dean Way Kuo and Associate Dean Alberto Garcia of the College of Engineering, are attending the conference.

IIE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IIE is an international, non-profit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research and development of industrial engineering.

With approximately 15,000 members and 280 chapters worldwide, IIE’s primary mission is to meet the ever-changing needs of industrial engineers, including undergraduate and graduate students, engineering practitioners and consultants in all industries, engineering managers, and engineers in education, research and government.

Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034,