Samuel R. Allen

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deere & Company
Elected to Deere & Company, Board of Directors, 2009

Sam Allen

Samuel R. Allen is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deere & Company, a position he's held since February 2010. Allen was named President and Chief Executive Officer in August 2009. He was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of the company and a member of the Deere & Company Board of Directors in June 2009.

Previously, Allen served as President, Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division and was responsible for the global operations of John Deere Power Systems. Allen also has experience in Deere’s Worldwide Agricultural Division, leading operations in Latin America, China & East Asia, and Australia. In the past, he was responsible for Deere's intelligent mobile equipment technologies, Deere's advanced technology and engineering, and has been a leader in the areas of human resources, industrial relations, and John Deere Credit's global operation.

Allen has served as a senior officer of the company since 2001 and has been with John Deere since 1975.

In addition, Allen has served as Chairman of the Council on Competitiveness since January 2010. He was appointed to Whirlpool Corporation's board of directors in June 2010 and currently serves as Presiding Director.

He is a 1975 graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in industrial management. He is a native of Sumter, South Carolina.

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land—those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich, and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter, and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com.