1983 John A. (Jack) Krol

John A. (Jack) Krol (1936- ) is retired chairman and chief executive officer of DuPont. Mr. Krol joined DuPont in 1963 as a chemist in Wilmington, Del. Between 1965 and 1986, he held various marketing and manufacturing positions in DuPont Fibers until being named vice president in 1983. In 1986, he joined DuPont Agricultural Products and served as senior vice president until being named senior vice president of DuPont Fibers
in 1990.
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In 1992, Mr. Krol was elected vice chairman. He was named president and chief executive officer in 1995 and became chairman and chief executive officer in 1997. He retired as chairman at the end of 1998.


Mr. Krol was born in Ware, Mass., on October 16, 1936. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from Tufts University. In 1959, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He attended the Bettis Nuclear Reactor Engineering School, and for the next four years he worked as a nuclear engineer, assigned to the Naval Reactors Branch of the Bureau of Ships in Washington, D.C. His work involved the development and design of nuclear reactor plants and systems for nuclear submarines and surface ships.


Mr. Krol is a member of the board of directors of ACE Limited, Pacolet Milliken, Delphi and Tyco International Ltd. He is Trustee Emeritus of Tufts University and a former member of the board of trustees of the University of Delaware. He was formerly the president of GEM: The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. He also was a former member of the board of J.P. Morgan Chase, Armstrong World Industries, Inc., MeadWestvaco Corporation, Milliken & Company, Teijin Limited, the Bechtel Corporation, Hagley Museum, Business Roundtable, The Business Council, and was chairman of the United Way of Delaware.