Date(s) - 11/13/18
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Executives' Club of Chicago
November 13, 2018
James C. Collins, Jr. is the Chief Operating Officer for Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. Prior to his role at DowDuPont, Mr. Collins was executive vice president of DuPont with responsibility for the company’s Agriculture segment, which included DuPont Pioneer and Crop Protection.
Mr. Collins joined DuPont as an engineer in 1984 and began his career in DuPont Manufacturing. He held positions in engineering, supervision and business management at a variety of plant sites. In 1993, he joined the Agriculture Sales & Marketing Group as a sales representative and product manager. Mr. Collins then served in a variety of roles across the globe, supporting DuPont’s seed and crop protection businesses. From 2004 to 2010, he was responsible for DuPont Crop Protection first as vice president and general manager, and then president.
In January 2011, Mr. Collins was appointed vice president for Acquisition & Integration of Danisco, and was named president of the newly formed DuPont Industrial Biosciences in May of that year. Beginning in September 2013, he assumed responsibility for the Performance Materials segment and additional corporate functional responsibilities as senior vice president. He was named to the position of executive vice president in December 2014, and in July 2015 added responsibility for the Electronics & Communications segment. He was named Ag Segment leader in January 2016.
Mr. Collins studied at Christian Brothers College in Memphis, Tennessee, and received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He also received his MBA from the University of Delaware in Marketing with a focus on International Business. He currently serves on the board of directors for CropLife International, Christian Brothers University and the U.S. China Business Council. He also serves on the advisory board for the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, University of Tennessee Loan Oaks Farm Advisory Council and the board of trustees of the Hagley Museum and Library. He is also a Champion of the Crop Trust’s Food Forever Initiative.
A supporter of youth education and leadership, Mr. Collins served on the executive board of the Chester County Council Boy Scouts of America and has received an honorary American FFA Degree for his efforts to promote Agriculture education with youth in the United States.