Markwart (Mark) von Pentz
President, Agriculture & Turf Division: Small Agriculture and Turf Care, and Europe, CIS, Asia, and Africa
Deere & Company
Mark von Pentz is President, Agriculture & Turf Division, Small Ag and Turf, responsible for the European, CIS, Asian, and African markets as well as for the equipment solutions that provide value to small ag and turf care customers. He was named to the role in June 2020.
A champion for the ag producer, von Pentz has served as a president of Deere's Ag & Turf business for more than a dozen years, with market responsibilities spanning the globe (Europe, CIS, Africa, Asia, and South America) and product-line responsibilities that have included every ag equipment product line.
Under von Pentz's leadership, the company overhauled its flagship tractor product line. These advancements have earned the company accolades from both engineering organizations and high-tech communities. In 2019, the German agricultural society DLG awarded its only gold medal to John Deere at its biennial AGRITECHNICA show, the ag industry's leading trade show for technology and innovation.
Previous leadership assignments for von Pentz include Senior Vice President, Marketing & Product Support – Europe, Africa, and the Middle East; Vice President, North American Ag Marketing; Director, North American Ag Market Development and Customer Focus project manager; branch, division, and territory sales manager roles in Europe; and factory marketing manager for mid-sized tractors. He joined John Deere in 1990.
He is an advisory board member of the VDMA (German Equipment Manufacturers’ Association), a regional advisory board member of Deutsche Bank AG, a board member of the U.S.-Russia Business Council, and a member of the board of trustees of the Heidelberg University Foundation.
A graduate of Hamburg University, von Pentz has an advanced degree in business administration.
Deere & Company (JohnDeere.com) is a world leader in providing advanced products, technology, and services for customers whose work is revolutionizing agriculture and construction — those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich, and build upon the land to meet the world’s increasing need for food, fuel, shelter, and infrastructure.