Samuel R. Allen

Samuel R. Allen, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deere & Company

Allen is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Deere & Company, a world-leading provider of products and services for agriculture, construction, road-building, forestry, and turf care. Allen served as Board Chairman at Deere from February 2010 to May 2020, Director from June 2009 to May 2020, and Chief Executive Officer from August 2009 to November 2019.

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 served as a senior officer of the company from 2001 to 2019 and has been with John Deere since 1975.

Allen brings global business and leadership expertise as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Deere & Company. He has extensive experience and knowledge of international business operations, manufacturing, marketing and sales which is particularly important given the global presence and nature of the operations of the company. Allen has public company board expertise resulting in corporate governance and compensation experience, as well as board leadership experience.

Allen serves on the Whirlpool Corporation Board of Directors (since 2010). He also serves as chairman emeritus of the Council on Competitiveness.