Willie C. Martin is vice president - Operations - North America. He joined DuPont in 1981 and has held various manufacturing and business planning assignments in Martinsville, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; Kinston, N.C. and Wilmington, Del., including plant manager at the Cooper River Plant in Charleston, S.C. In 1995, he became the director of North American Operations for Dacron® polyester and general plant manager, Kinston.
In 1996, he assumed the position of global operations director – Dacron®. He was responsible for DuPont™ Dacron® worldwide operations and Dacron® engineering activities. Dacron® North American manufacturing sites included Charleston, S.C.; Wilmington, N.C. and Kinston, N.C. In addition, he oversaw Dacron® operations in Mexico, Europe and China.
In March of 1998, Mr. Martin joined DuPont Polyester Resins & Intermediates as vice president, Operations and Human Resources. In this role, he oversees global operations including Nashville, Tenn.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Teeside, England; and Kuan Yin, Taiwan. He is also a member of the DuPont Operations Network and DuPont Black Men's Leadership Forum.
In June of 2000, Mr. Martin assumed the role of president – U.S. Region. This role is focused on U.S. policy development, specifically in the area of Human Resources, infrastructure and cost optimization. This role is in addition to and concurrent with his role as vice president, Operations and Human Resources for Polyester Resins & Intermediates.
In September of 2002, in addition to his role as president – U. S. Region, Mr. Martin assumed responsibility for Diversity & WorkLife and Human Resources Development for Operations. He was appointed to his current position in 2006.
He is a Martinsville, Va., native, received a bachelor of science degree in 1971 in marketing and business administration from Johnson C. Smith University of Charlotte, N.C., and a master's degree from the University of Virginia in 1975. In 1989, he also received a certificate from the University of North Carolina's Young Executive Business Institute, Kenan-Flagner School of Business.
After graduating from Johnson C. Smith University, Mr. Martin was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1971. He has also worked as a principal and football coach at Laurel Park High School in Martinsville, Va., and spent two years as an operations manager with American Furniture Company in Martinsville.
Mr. Martin enjoys all sports. He is a member of the Martinsville Men's Round Table, the Kappa Alpha PSI Fraternity. He currently serves on the Johnson C. Smith University Board of Trustees, the Christiana Hospital Board of Trustees and the NACME Board of Directors. In March of 1997, Willie was inducted into the East Carolina University Honorary Alumni Class of 1997. He was a former member of the School of Engineering's Advisory Board at NCA&T University and the East Carolina University Board of Trustees. He is an active member in the Wilmington, Del., community, including the Mentoring Program at Ferris School.