A new leader will soon take over at John Deere. Thursday the company announced directors have chosen John May to become Chief Executive Officer in November.
He has served as President and Chief Operating Officer since last April.
The current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sam Allen, will remain as Chairman of the board of directors.
The 50 year old May joined the company in 1997, and became part of the senior management team in 2012, as President, Agricultural Solutions and Chief Information Officer. Then last year he was named President of the Worldwide Agriculture and Turf Division.
Early in his career, he served as factory manager at the Dubuque Works.
When he takes over in November, May will become only the 10th chief executive in Deere's 182 year history.