For more than 50 years, the privately held W.L. Gore & Associates has specialized in fluoropolymer-based materials that are utilized in products ranging from GORE-TEX® fabric and medical devices to filtration and venting products and many other technology solutions. The company focuses its efforts in four areas: medical, fabrics, industrial, and electronics. Today, Gore has more than 9500 employees (called associates). It has manufacturing facilities in the US, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, and China. The firm’s research and development expenditures equal approximately 8% of sales.
Terri Kelly, President and CEO
Terri 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. In 1998, she became part of the leadership team for the global Fabrics Division. Kelly also served on the Enterprise Operations Committee, working with the CEO and other leaders to help guide the strategic direction of the company. Kelly earned the title of President and CEO in 2005—one of the few titles within the enterprise—following a peer-driven selection process. Kelly is on the board of directors for the Nemours Foundation. She also serves on the board of trustees for the University of Delaware.
Year company was formed: 1958
Has been included in every listing of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in the US since the list began