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Edgar S. Woolard Jr. (born April 15, 1934) is an American businessman who was the chairman and chief executive officer of DuPont from 1989 to 1995 and a member of the Apple Board of Directors from 1996 to 2000.[1][2]

Early life and education[]

Woolard was born in 1934 in Washington, North Carolina.[3] He received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University in 1956.[4][5] He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Armed Forces.[6]


In 1957, Woolard joined DuPont as an industrial engineer in the Kinston, North Carolina plant, moving on to manufacturing and management positions in Wilmington, Delaware, Old Hickory, Tennessee and Camden, South Carolina. He was CEO and chairman from 1989 to 1995. During that time, DuPont stock increased by 160 percent.[4][5][6][7]

Apple Computer[]

Woolard joined the board of directors of Apple Computer in 1996 while it was in financial duress under then-CEO Gil Amelio. Woolard took over as board chairman in 1997 on the condition that he was given full access to CFO Fred Anderson and Apple's human resources director. Woolard then played a central role in convincing the board to remove Amelio and allow Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to take charge. Woolard and Gareth Chang were the only members to survive the subsequent purge of the board.[1][8] Woolard retired from the board on April 20, 2000.[2]

Other ventures[]

Woolard joined the board of directors of Telex Communications in 1998, and was its chairman from March 2000 to November 2003. He has been on the board of directors of the New York Stock Exchange, Citigroup, IBM and Bell Atlantic. He has also been an advisor to Acorn Energy since January 2010.[3][4][6][7] He is a member of the North Carolina Textile Foundation.[5] He was chairman of The Business Council from 1995 to 1996.[3][9] He is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.[6]


Woolard is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Philosophical Society.[3] In 1988, he received the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award Recipient from his alma mater, NCSU. He has donated more than US$1 million to the John T. Caldwell Alumni Scholarships at NCSU.[5][10] The Edgar S. Woolard Chair at the University of Delaware is named after him.[7]

Personal life[]

Woolard is married to Peggy Harrell, and they have two daughters, Annette and Lynda. He lives in Wilmington, Delaware, Jupiter, Florida, and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.[5][6]

Media portrayals[]

Woolard was portrayed by actor Robert Pine in the 2013 film dramatization Jobs.[11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Woolard led Apple, Inc. back from the brink, College of Engineering News, NC State University. 2016-03-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Apple board member to step down, ZDNet. 2000-03-08.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Acorn Energy biography. Archived from the original on 2013-01-17. Retrieved on 2012-12-09.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 BusinessWeek [DEAD LINK]
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 North Carolina State University biography
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 University of Delaware biography. Archived from the original on 2013-05-16. Retrieved on 2012-12-09.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 University of Delaware: Edgar S. Woolard Chair. Archived from the original on 2013-04-06. Retrieved on 2012-12-09.
  8. Apple's Board Gets Aggressive As Woolard Takes a Lead Role by Jim Carlton, The Wall Street Journal. 1997-07-14.
  9. The Business Council, Official website, Background. Archived March 3, 2016.
  10. Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award Recipient: Edgar S. Woolard Jr. — 1988. Archived from the original on 2012-05-16. Retrieved on 2012-12-09.
  11. Jobs (2013): Full Cast & Crew, Internet Movie Database. Accessed 2022-10-06.

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