James C. Collins, Jr. is president – DuPont Industrial Biosciences. He began his career in 1984 in DuPont Manufacturing.
He had various assignments at the Memphis, Savannah River, Charlotte, and Mobile plants in engineering, supervision, and business management. In 1993, Mr. Collins moved to Wilmington, Del., working in the Ag Sales & Marketing Group as a product manager, a distribution project leader, and as the farmer offering manager. In 1997, he moved to Belle, W.Va., where he served as site manager for the Crop Protection Products production facilities.
In 1999, he moved to St. Louis where he was involved in the integration of DuPont’s acquisition of Protein Technologies International (PTI) and Pioneer Hi-Bred International. He held positions as director, identity preservation programs; director, Meat/Food – Industry Management; and director, Specialty Grains Programs where he worked for the overall Ag Enterprise responsible for Identity Preserved Grain projects and helping to develop future value added grain contracting.
Mr. Collins transferred to Hong Kong as the regional business director – Asia Pacific for DuPont Crop Protection and Pioneer and brought all of the elements of the seed and crop protection businesses together to support production agriculture in the Asia Pacific Region. He was named global sales director for Crop Protection in November 2002. In January 2004 he was named vice president and general manager – DuPont Crop Protection. In October 2009 he was named president – DuPont Crop Protection. In January 2011 he was named vice president - DuPont Acquisition Integration where he led the company’s efforts to integrate Danisco into DuPont. He was named to his current position in May, 2011.
He has served on CropLife International’s Crop Protection Strategy Council, CropLife Foundation’s board of directors, and the National FFA Sponsor’s Board.
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 has received an honorary America FFA Degree for his efforts to promote Ag education with youth in the United States.