James C. Collins Jr. is Chief Executive Officer of Corteva Agriscience™. He was previously Chief Operating Officer for the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. Prior to the DowDuPont merger, he was an Executive Vice president at DuPont responsible for the company’s Agriculture segment, including DuPont Crop Protection and Pioneer. Over the past year, he has led the integration of Dow AgroSciences into the division, making Corteva a leading pure-play agriculture business offering a comprehensive, balanced and diverse seed, crop protection and digital service solutions portfolio with a focus on helping farmers maximize the value of their investment through highperforming genetics and effective science-based solutions.
Since the DowDuPont merger, Collins has worked with the division’s leadership to build the foundation that will drive Corteva’s top and bottom-line performance into the future, while delivering cost synergies. This includes introducing a variety of new products from its innovation pipeline, successfully launching its new multi-channel, multi-brand growth strategy, and establishing a best-in-class cost structure.
Collins joined DuPont in 1984 and has served in a variety of roles supporting and leading DuPont businesses. His work in the Agriculture segment began about 35 years ago, as a sales representative and product manager, and he subsequently served in a variety of roles supporting DuPont’s seed and crop protection businesses around the world. Prior to leading the Agriculture segment, Collins lead two of DuPont’s other large business segments, Performance Materials and Electronics & Communications.
Collins has a bachelor’s degree of science in Chemical Engineering from Christian Brothers College and an MBA from the University of Delaware.