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Past Leaders

Eight great leaders, same core values

John Deere has been very fortunate to have great leaders at the helm. In fact, since its founding in 1837, there have been only eight previous captains of the Deere enterprise. Most have been Deere family members. And, although the past few leaders have not been part of the Deere lineage, John Deere remains a family-oriented company determined to uphold the founder’s core values of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation.

These eight leaders navigated the company through prosperous times, through difficult times. And always with an eye on helping customers, employees, dealers, investors, partners, communities, and nations develop, improve, and benefit through their relationships with John Deere. Perhaps that why John Deere is the company so many trust today.

Our history

Today, Deere & Company is one of the world's most admired businesses. But in 1837, John Deere, blacksmith and inventor, had little more than a blacksmith shop, a discarded steel saw, and an idea that would help farmers, changing the face of agriculture for all time.

Read more about the history of John Deere