He graduated from John Overton High where he met his future wife, Annual
He is chairman emeritus of the United States. Council on Competitiveness and chairman of the Business Roundtable"s Task Force for Environment, Technology and Economy. In October 2014, it was announced that he would succeed Jorma Ollila as chairman of Royal Dutch Shell from May 2015. Holliday earned his Bachelor of Surgery in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1970.
Holliday started at DuPont in the summer of 1970 at DuPont"s Old Hickory site.
He then turned a summer job at DuPont into a full-time position as an engineer He advanced through manufacturing and supervisory positions around the world until he was named Chief Executive Officer in 1998.
Holliday was the 18th Chief Executive Officer of DuPont in more than 200 years of DuPont history. As a result, DuPont has shifted from being a chemical company to being a science-based products and services company.
On September 23, 2008, DuPont announced that Holliday would retire as Chief Executive Officer on December 31, 2008, and that its board of directors had elected Ellen J. Kullman to succeed Holliday with effect from January 1, 2009.
On 30 October 2009, DuPont announced that Holliday would retire as chairman with effect from December 31, 2009, and that Kullman had been appointed chairman effective from that date. Holliday currently serves as the chairman of Council on Competitiveness and the Business Roundtable"s Task Force for Environment, Technology and Economy. Holliday has previously served as chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and chairman of the Society of Chemical Industry – American Section.
He served as chairman of The Business Council in 2003 and 2004.
On September 21, 2009, Holliday was elected to the board of directors of Bank of America Corporation and he was elected chairman on April 28, 2010. Holliday holds an honorary doctorate from Polytechnic University, and is a licensed professional engineer
Holliday is also a founding member of the International Business Council and serves on the board of advisors of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity Zeta chapter. He is also a founding member of the International Business Council and serves on the board of advisors of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.