Terri Kelly is the recently retired president and CEO of W. L. Gore & Associates, a global materials science company dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Gore is a multi-billion dollar privately-held Enterprise known for products that solve tough technical challenges in demanding environments, including GORE-TEX® fabric, minimally-invasive medical devices and cables used in space exploration, among other advanced technologies. The company employs approximately 10,000 Associates in more than 20 countries and is globally recognized as a Great Place to Work®.
Terri joined Gore 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 Gore’s global Fabrics Division. Prior to becoming 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.
Terri’s leadership abilities have driven her success in a company known for its entrepreneurial spirit and team-based work environment. Terri earned the role of president and CEO in 2005 following a peer-driven selection process and continued to lead the Gore Enterprise until April 2018.
Terri now serves on two public boards; United Rentals, the largest rental equipment company in the world, and Netherland’s based ASML, a global leader in the manufacturing of chip making equipment for the semiconductor industry.
Kelly is also a long-standing member of the board for the Nemours Foundation — one of the nation’s leading children’s health care systems, and also serves on the board of trustees for the University of Delaware and Unidel Foundation. Kelly is a member of the Management Executives’ Society, G100 and the International Women’s Forum.
Terri resides in Delaware with her husband, John, and four children, Bryan, Maddie and twin girls, Nicki & Lexi.