On Aug. 28, Deere and Co.’s Board of Directors elected John C. May as its new CEO, effective Nov. 4. May had previously served as president and COO of Deere and Co. after being elected in April 2019. In 2018, May was named president, Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division Global Harvesting and Turf Platforms, Ag Solutions, Americas and Australia. From 2012 to 2018, May served as president, Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division — Agricultural Solutions and Chief Information Officer. The Board additionally voted to increase its member count to 12 and elect May as a Director, effective immediately.
The previous CEO, Samuel R. Allen, will remain on the Board of Directors and serve as Chairman, stepping down as CEO effective Nov. 4. Allen has served as Deere and Co.’s CEO since 2010.