Samuel R. Allen, Deere & Co.
Allen started at Deere & Co. in 1975 as an industrial engineer, steadily working his way through the ranks, as well as through assignments in Latin America, China, East Asia, and Australia. He became Chairman and CEO of the world’s leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery in 2010. As Deere celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2012, Allen has promoted the company’s long history of delivering the latest breakthroughs in technology and productivity to farmers worldwide. “John Deere revolutionized agriculture and he made farming in the tough soil of the U.S. Midwest a productive and profitable venture,” he said. “Our recognition of this special anniversary reminds us of the many thousands of John Deere employees who came before us to make this company a world leader.”