Gregory R. Page, Cargill CEO, to Join Deere Board of Directors

MOLINE, Ill., May 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) today announced 
that Gregory R. Page has been elected to its board of directors, effective 
June 1. He is chairman and chief executive officer of Cargill, Inc., an 
international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and 
industrial products and services. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the 
privately-held company employs about 140,000 people in 65 countries and has 
annual sales of more than $130 billion. 
"As the leader of a global enterprise with a long record of success in the 
agricultural and food sectors, Greg brings a breadth of valuable experience to 
Deere as it addresses the world's growing need for food, fuel and feed," said 
Samuel R. Allen, Deere's chairman and chief executive officer. "His insight 
and deep knowledge of the agricultural value chain are sure to make important 
contributions to our company. We are pleased he has agreed to join the Deere 
Page was named Cargill's chief executive officer in June 2007 and chairman of 
the board of directors later that year. Earlier he served in a number of 
leadership roles at the company including president and chief operating 
officer and corporate executive vice president. His background, which spans 
nearly 40 years with the Cargill organization, includes assignments in 
Singapore and Thailand. 
Under Page's leadership, Cargill has seen significant growth and increasingly 
focused its operations on innovation and higher-value products. As well, Page 
has been a forceful advocate of his company's longstanding commitment to 
ethical business practices and responsible corporate citizenship. 
Page grew up in Bottineau, North Dakota and earned a degree in economics from 
the University of North Dakota. He is a member of the boards of directors of 
Eaton Corporation and Carlson Companies. Page also is a national board member 
and former board chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. 
With Page's election, Deere & Company's board totals 12 members, 11 of whom 
are not employees of the company. They are listed below: 

    --  Crandall C. Bowles, Chairman, Springs Industries, Inc. and
        Chairman, The Springs Company;
    --  Vance D. Coffman, Retired Chairman, Lockheed Martin
    --  Charles O. Holliday, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Bank of
        America Corporation;
    --  Dipak C. Jain, Professor of Marketing, INSEAD;
    --  Clayton M. Jones, Chairman<s> </s>and Chief Executive Officer,
        Rockwell Collins, Inc.;
    --  Joachim Milberg, Chairman, Supervisory Board, Bayerische
        Motoren Werke (BMW) AG;
    --  Richard B. Myers, Retired Chairman, United States Joint Chiefs
        of Staff and Retired General, United States Air Force;
    --  Thomas H. Patrick, Chairman, New Vernon Capital, LLC;
    --  Aulana L. Peters, Retired Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP;
    --  Sherry M. Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial
        Officer, Supervalu, Inc.

Deere & Company is a world leader in providing advanced products and services 
and is committed to the success of those whose work is linked to the land – 
those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to 
meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and 
infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of 
superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, 
visit John Deere at its worldwide website at

Ken Golden, Director, Global Public Relations, 309-765-5678

SOURCE: Deere & Company

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