James C. Collins, Jr.

James Collins

Executive Vice President 

James C. Collins, Jr. is executive vice president with responsibility for the DuPont Agriculture segment: DuPont Pioneer and Crop Protection. After the completion of the proposed merger of equals between DuPont and Dow, Mr. Collins will become the chief operating officer for the DowDuPont agriculture business. The merger is expected to close by Aug. 31, 2017.

He 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.  He then served in a variety of roles across the globe, supporting DuPont’s seed and crop protection businesses. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. Collins was responsible for DuPont Crop Protection first as vice president and general manager and then president.  

In January 2011, he 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 to current role as Ag Segment leader in January 2016.

Mr. Collins studied at Christian Brothers College in Memphis, Tenn., 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, Grocery Manufacturers Association, 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 and the board of trustees of the Hagley Museum and Library. He previously served on the technical advisory committee for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

A supporter of youth education and leadership, Mr. Collins serves 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. 


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