DULUTH, Ga.  AGCO Corp., a worldwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural equipment, named Kelli Cook as manager, public relations, North America. Cook will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic public relations and publicity programs to support brand and product marketing efforts for North America.

Most recently, Cook was the marketing communications manager for Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, in Washington, D.C. In this role, she oversaw marketing communications and trade shows.

Cook spent seven years in various roles for the U.S. Dept. of State, Office of Naval Intelligence and Defense Intelligence Agency. While working in the Intelligence Community, she advised senior command leaders on change management strategies and employee communications best practices. During her time with the U.S. Dept. of State, Cook spent two years in Iraq, sharing stories of the Iraqi people and working to help them rebuild their country. She also served as a Diplomatic Courier for the State Dept.

"We're very excited that Kelli has joined AGCO's North America Marketing team," says Meghann McNally, director, dealer marketing excellence. "She brings a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors that will help AGCO in our efforts to expand brand awareness among dealers and customers."

Cook received a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Georgia State University and her Masters of Corporate Communications degree from Georgetown University.