Terri Kelly is President and CEO of W.L. Gore & Associates, a multi-billion dollar enterprise that employs more than 9,000 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.
Terri 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, Terri 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.
At Gore, associates become leaders based on their ability to gain the respect of their peers and to attract followers. Terri 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 at Gore, Terri is on the board of directors for the Nemours Foundation—one of the nation’s leading children’s health care systems. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Delaware. Kelly is a member of the Management Executives’ Society and the Forum of Executive Women of Delaware. She resides in Delaware with her husband and four children.