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Deere & Company elects new president

John May, a 22-year company veteran, elected as president and COO.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Deere & Company’s Board of Directors has elected John May as president and chief operating officer, effective April 1.

May has been with Deere for 22 years and joined the senior management team in 2012 as president of agricultural Solutions and chief information officer. Last year May was named president of the Moline, Ill.-based company’s Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division, with responsibility for the Americas and Australia, the global harvesting, turf and utility, and crop care platforms, and the intelligent-solutions group.

Earlier in his career, John headed the company’s China operations, served as factory manager at the Dubuque Works, and was vice president of the turf and utility platform.

John May.

“John’s record of success and proven leadership skills make him highly qualified for this broader role,” said Samuel Allen, chairman and CEO. “In addition, his leadership of the company’s precision-agriculture initiative and experience as chief information officer will serve him well as Deere moves ahead on its digitalization journey.”

Deere also announced the election of three other leaders to new positions effective April 1, including Cory Reed to the position of president of Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division, Americas and Australia, Global Harvesting and Turf Platforms, and Ag Solutions. Reed joined the company in 1998 and most recently served as president of John Deere Financial.

Rajesh Kalathur has been elected to the to the position of president of John Deere Financial and CIO. Since joining Deere in 1996, Kalathur has held positions in finance, business development, logistics, operations, and marketing. Since 2012, he has been a member of the senior leadership team as senior vice president and CFO. He assumed the added responsibilities of CIO in 2018.

Ryan Campbell will take over as SVP, and CFO. Campbell joined John Deere in 2007 and has held a number of management positions within the finance function.  He became VP and comptroller in 2016 and last year was named deputy financial officer.

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