John C. May is the Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since November 2019. He is responsible for leading Deere & Company's efforts to maximize its financial and operational performance in all businesses and regions.
Prior to his current role, May was President & Chief Operating Officer, a position he assumed in April 2019. Earlier, he served as President, Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division, with responsibility for the Americas and Australia, as well for the global harvesting, turf and utility, and crop care platforms, and the intelligent solutions group. He previously served as the company's Chief Information Officer and as President, Agricultural Solutions.
In addition, May has experience in Deere's Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division having been factory manager at the John Deere Dubuque Works. In other roles, he was Vice President, Global Turf & Utility platform, and Managing Director of Deere's China operations during a period of significant growth. May became part of the company's senior management team in 2012.
He joined John Deere in 1997 after working as a management consultant at KPMG Peat Marwick.
May holds a bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the University of Maine.
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