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New Chief Operating Officer for Deere

Deere and Company

A top executive at John Deere has been promoted. Friday the company announced a decision by the board of directors to appoint John May to be Chief Operating Officer, starting next month.

May has worked for the company for 22 years, with early jobs as factory manager at the Dubuque Works and head of the company's operations in China. And he's been a member of the senior management team since 2012 when he became president of Agricultural Solutions and Chief Information Officer. 

Just last year, he was named president of the Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.