Thomas M. Connelly, Jr. is executive vice president, chief innovation officer and a member of the company's Office of the Chief Executive. He has responsibility for Industrial Biosciences, Performance Coatings and Performance Materials businesses. He also has responsibility for Science & Technology and the geographic regions outside the United States, as well as Integrated Operations which includes Operations, Sourcing & Logistics and Engineering. He joined DuPont in 1977 as research engineer at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Del.
He held a number of technical leadership roles including laboratory director in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. He led a number of major DuPont businesses including Delrin®, Kevlar® and Teflon®, while based in the United States, Europe and Asia.
In January 1999 he was named vice president and general manager - DuPont Fluoroproducts. He was named senior vice president and Chief Science & Technology Officer in September 2001. He was named executive vice president in June 2006. He added responsibility for Performance Materials in 2009 and Performance Coatings in 2011.
Dr. Connelly was born in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated with highest honors from Princeton University with degrees in chemical engineering and economics. As a Winston Churchill Scholar, he received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge. He serves in advisory roles to the U.S. Government and the Republic of Singapore.