Allen elected Deere’s chairman of the board

Deere & Company announced Dec. 3 that its board of directors has elected Samuel R. Allen as chairman of the board, effective at the conclusion of the Feb. 24, 2010, annual meeting of stockholders. Allen will continue to serve as Deere & Company president and chief executive officer.

The action is another step in Deere & Company’s systematic process of leadership transition that was announced in June. Allen will become chairman immediately following expiration of Robert W. Lane’s current term as chairman and member of the Deere board of directors. The board also voted to reduce the size of the board to 11 members, effective at the same time as Allen becomes chairman.

In June, Deere & Company announced that its board of directors had elected Allen to become president and chief operating officer, as well as a member of the board of directors effective June 1, and chief executive officer effective Aug. 1.

Allen is a 34-year veteran of Deere with a broad range of leadership experience in many divisions of the company. He has served as a senior officer at Deere since 2001 and president of the Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division, as well as led John Deere Power Systems, John Deere Credit’s global operations, and Deere’s global human resources and labor relations.

In addition, Allen used to be responsible for Deere’s intelligent mobile equipment technologies and the company’s advanced technology and innovation. During his days at Deere, he has also worked in positions of increasing responsibility in the Consumer Products Division, Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division, Deere Power Systems Group, and the Worldwide Agricultural Division, including managing operations in Latin America, East Asia, and Australia.

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