Before joining DuPont, Mr. Breen served as chairman and CEO of Tyco International from July 2002 until September 2012. While he was there, he was instrumental in making Tyco a market leader, rescuing the company from near bankruptcy by rebuilding the brand and its credibility. During that time, he oversaw a successful restructuring that included divesting non-core operations resulting in the spin-offs of Covidien, TE Connectivity, ADT Corporation, and the merger of Tyco Flow Control with Pentair. He also established and met goals for operational excellence and corporate governance.
Prior to Tyco, from 2000 to 2002, Mr. Breen held several senior management positions at Motorola, including as president and chief operating officer. He is credited with instituting cost management programs that made Motorola a more efficient and effective organization and led the company back to profitability.
From December 1997 to January 2000, he served as chairman, president, and chief executive officer of General Instrument Corporation, where he created significant long-term shareholder value by driving a revenue growth strategy. Between 1994 and 1997, Mr. Breen was president of the Broadband Networks Group for General Instrument, president of Eastern Operations for the Communications Division, and served as executive vice president of Terrestrial Systems.
Mr. Breen is currently a director of Comcast Corporation. He’s also a member of the advisory board of New Mountain Capital LLC, a private equity firm.
Mr. Breen has been awarded many governance awards including being named one of the "100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics" by Ethisphere.