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Dan Cohen

Global HR Lead - EH&S, Procurement, Planning, & OTC (Order to Cash) at Monsanto
Summary
As the Human Resources Leader for the Global Supply Chain functions of Procurement, Planning and Order to
Cash, Dan is responsible for overall people strategies aligned to business objectives for talent planning,
development and effectivness. Dan joined Monsanto in June 2007 through the Delta and Pine Land Company
(D&PL) acquisition. His Monsanto journey has included roles as the HR Generalist supporting Cotton, Canola,
and Sunflower Crops; HR Leader for North America Corn; and HR Leader for Hawaii and the International
Multi-season Program.
Prior to Monsanto, Dan served as the HR Director for Delta and Pine Land Company which, prior to
Monsantos acquisition, was the worlds largest cottonseed company. At D&PL, he developed a leadership and
development program for mid-level managers, provided change management guidance to multiple site teams
through automation upgrades, and implemented work keys training and assessment tools for technicians. He
also played a key role in the D&PL integration into Monsanto. Earlier in his career, Dan spent time as the HR
Manager at Textron, Inc. in the automotive industry and held management positions with Sara Lee, Black &
Decker and the South Carolina State Board for Technical & Comprehensive Education.
Dan holds a B.S. degree in Business from Pfeiffer University, and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. He is a member
of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and a long standing member of the Society of Human Resources Professionals.
Throughout his career, Dan has been passionate about leadership development, Six Sigma and lean projects, and
training programs for manufacturing operations. He is considered a strong partner to business leadership teams
to bring innovative people engineering solutions.
Specialties
Human Resources Leadership, Training & Development, Change Management, Workforce Planning,
Leadership Development, Coaching, Six Sigma Black Belt, LEAN. Biotechnology, Automotive, Distribution,
State Goverment
Experience
Global HR Lead - Procurement, Planning, & OTC (Order to Cash) at Monsanto
September 2013 - Present (10 months)
Provide strategic Global Human Resource leadership for the functions of Procurement, Planning, and Order
to Cash, based out of St. Louis. Partners with Regional Human Resource Leads and People Leaders to ensure
effective implementation of HR strategies.
Global Vegetable Manufacturing HR Lead at Monsanto
August 2011 - Present (2 years 11 months)
Provide strategic Global Human Resource leadership for the Vegetable Manufacturing organization, based
out of St. Louis. Partners with Regional Human Resource Leads and People Leaders to ensure effective
implementation of HR strategies.
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MSP Maui/International HR Lead at Monsanto
June 2009 - August 2011 (2 years 3 months)
Provided HR leadership within Technology function for Multi Season Program locations in Hawaii, Puerto
Rico, Chile, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
Maintained successful freedom to operate by implementing positive employee relations strategies. Was able
to help foster a work environment that led to Monsanto Hawaii to be named one of the Best Places to Work
in Hawaii. Led implementation of communications programs, benefits awareness sessions, and frontline
supervisor training program.
2 recommendations available upon request
HRG Lead Corn & Sorghum at Monsanto
June 2007 - June 2009 (2 years 1 month)
Lead various programs and work closely with people leaders by providing HR expertise as well as ensuring
compliance with laws, policies and procedures. The major responsibilities include employee relations,
employee and leadership development, recruiting, compensation and act as strategic partner on all key HR
initiatives.
HR Leader at D&PL Co.
September 2005 - June 2007 (1 year 10 months)
Led overall human resources function with 8 direct reports that supported 565 employees. HR team
supported 4 manufacturing sites, 7 Research sites, and 3 distribution centers.
3 recommendations available upon request
HR Manager/Six Sigma Black Belt at Textron Fastening Systems
1998 - 2007 (9 years)
Led first Textron site to VPP certification and achieved ISO 14001 certification within the same year.
Designed and developed Training Mentor program. Developed On-the-job training program for production
operators.
As Six Sigma Black Belt, completed 3 six sigma projects with over 750k in savings. Led over 15 lean six
sigma events that improved overall equipment effectiveness, quality, and production results. Mentored and
trained Green Belts.
As HR Manager, led successful startup of a manufacturing site and on-boarded 500 employees.
Corporate Developemt & Training Manager at PYA Monarch (Sara Lee)
1996 - 1998 (2 years)
Led development of leadership training programs, and Succession Planning process.
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Skills & Expertise
Six Sigma
Lean Manufacturing
Training & Development
Change Management
Succession Planning
Leadership Development
Employee Relations
Safety Management
ISO 14001
QS9000
Workforce Planning
Safety Management Systems
Employee Training
Talent Management
Benefits Administration
Onboarding
Recruiting
Coaching
Process Improvement
Organizational Development
Leadership
Human Resources
Training
HRIS
Strategy
Program Management
Management
Employee Benefits
Personnel Management
Continuous Improvement
Deferred Compensation
Mergers & Acquisitions
Policy
Strategic Planning
Performance Management
Talent Acquisition
Analysis
Organizational Design
Organizational Effectiveness
HR Policies
College Recruiting
Labor Relations
Applicant Tracking Systems
Compensation & Benefit
New Hire Orientations
Strategic HR
HR Transformation
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Sourcing
HR Consulting
Taleo
Education
Pfeiffer University
BS, Business, 2000 - 2003
Activities and Societies: Alpha Phi Alpha
Interests
Management training, six sigma, chess, cooking, and bike riding.
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Dan Cohen
Global HR Lead - EH&S, Procurement, Planning, & OTC (Order to Cash) at Monsanto
5 people have recommended Dan
"I've had the pleasure of working directly with Dan while supporting two different parts of the Monsanto
organization. In both experiences, I've seen Dan demonstrate his wealth of HR knowledge and expertise. Dan
is a great coach and is not afraid to give tough feedback at all levels of the organization. He recognizes the
needs in others and gives thoughtful coaching to leaders on how to support those individuals. Dan also has the
ability to analyze and simplify processes to drive for results."
Lauren Appelbaum, HR Lead, Monsanto, worked directly with Dan at Monsanto
"Dan is an excellent HR leader and mentor. As we worked together he trusted me and led me in developing
my career. He taught me the importance of always being aligned to the strategy of the company, to prioritize
the development of employees as well as teach leaders to listen and take into account their employees. Above
all things, Dan was an example of the importance of delegation, while given the freedom to execute and
accomplish goals. I greatly appreciated the time I worked with him and I'm sure that wherever he goes he will
have the same impact."
R Melisa L., Human Resources, Monsanto, reported to Dan at Monsanto
"Dan brought an incredible enthusiasm as well as unmatched professionalism to D&PL's corporate services
team. Dan has the ability to connect well with employees from all areas of the business and help
professionalize connections throughout the company. We worked together on a variety of projects, from
employee events to issues management. His excitement and knowledge of HR regulations, employee
engagement and company policies provides a great combination. Wish I still worked directly with Dan but I
do continue to enjoy his expertise through email at least."
Janice Person, Corporate PR Manager, Delta and Pine Land Company, worked directly with Dan at
D&PL Co.
"Dan is incredibly passionate about building high performing teams, continuous improvement and best
practices. He is a knowledge and thought leader regarding Six Sigma & Continuous Improvement for both
HR and Manufacturing."
Leigh Mallette McCluskey, Corporate Industrial Engineer & Senior Project Manager, Delta and Pine
Land Company, worked with Dan at D&PL Co.
"Dan brings a wealth of HR experience and knowledge. Working with Dan was extremely valuable to me in
my development and understanding the correct way to be a people leader. Together we were able to lead my
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groups through many challenging situations. Dan also brings LEAN and Six Sigma experience and training."
Destry Harmon, Project Manager, Delta and Pine Land Company, worked with Dan at D&PL Co.
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