Deere & Co. has tapped John May to serve as its new chief operating officer and promoted three others beginning April 1.
May has been with the company for 22 years, most recently serving as President of the Worldwide Agriculture and Turf Division, covering the Americas and Australia. He joined the senior management team in 2012 as the President of Ag Solutions and was chief information officer.
To kick off his career, May was a consulting manager for KPMG International for 5 years.
Early on in his career at Deere & Co., May was responsible for the company’s China operations, was a manager at the Dubuque Works, and was vice president of the turf and utility platform.
In a press release, Deere Chairman and CEO Samuel Allen said, "John's record of success and proven leadership skills make him highly qualified for this broader role. 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 promoted three individuals to new positions.
Cory Reed will take over responsibilities as President of Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division, which covers the Americas and Australia regions, the Global Harvesting and Turf Platforms, and Ag Solutions. Reed began his time with Deere in 1998 and most recently served as president of John Deere Financial.
Rajesh Kalathur will step in as president of John Deere Financial and continue as chief information officer. Beginning his career in 1996, Kalathur most recently served as senior vice president and chief financial officer, assuming the added responsibilities of chief information officer in 2018.
Lastly, Ryan Campbell will become senior vice president and chief financial officer of John Deere Financial. After joining John Deere in 2007, Campbell became vice president and comptroller in 2016 and last year was named deputy financial officer.
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