Terri Kelly is President and CEO of W.L. Gore & Associates, a multibillion dollar enterprise that employs more than 10,000 associates in 45 plants around the world. Gore specializes in fluoropolymer-based materials that are utilized in a wide array of high-value products, including GORE-TEX® fabric, medical devices, filtration and venting products and many other advanced technology solutions. Gore is as well known for its unique management philosophy and culture, as for its multitude of unique products.
Ms. Kelly joined Gore as an engineer in 1983 after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. In her early years with the company, she gained experience as a product specialist with the military fabrics business — a unit she eventually led — helping it grow from a small start-up venture into a leading producer of protective products for the global armed forces.
In 1998, Ms. Kelly became part of the leadership team for the global Fabrics Division. Prior to becoming the CEO, she also served on the Enterprise Operations Committee working closely with the CEO and other leaders to help guide the strategic direction of the company.
Ms. Kelly’s leadership abilities have driven her success in a company known for its nonhierarchical “lattice” structure. At Gore, associates become leaders based on their ability to gain the respect of their peers and to attract followers. She earned the title of president and CEO in 2005 — one of the few titles within the enterprise — following a peer-driven selection process.
In addition to her role on the Nemours Board of Directors, Ms. Kelly serves on the board of the University of Delaware, is a member of the Management Executives’ Society, and the International Women’s Forum. She resides in Delaware with her husband and four children.