The World Food Prize Foundation

2017 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Samuel R. Allen

Chairman and CEO, Deere & Company

Sam Allen is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deere & Company, a position he's held since February 2010.

Allen was named President and Chief Executive Officer in August 2009. He was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of the company and a member of the Deere & Company Board of Directors in June 2009. Previously, he served as President, Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division, and was responsible for the global operations of John Deere Power Systems. He was also responsible for Deere's intelligent mobile equipment technologies. He has served as a senior officer of the company since 2001, with additional responsibilities in human resources, industrial relations, and John Deere’s credit operation.

Since joining John Deere in 1975, Allen has worked in positions of increasing responsibility in the Consumer Products Division, Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division, John Deere Power Systems, and the Worldwide Agricultural Division and has managed operations in Latin America, China & East Asia, and Australia.

Allen is chairman of the Council on Competitiveness. He was appointed to Whirlpool Corporation's board of directors in June 2010. He graduated from Purdue University in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in industrial management. He is a native of Sumter, South Carolina.

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