Samuel R. Allen

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, 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 and for Deere’s advanced technology and engineering.  He has served as a senior officer of the company since 2001, with additional responsibilities in human resources, industrial relations, and John Deere Credit’s global operations.

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

In addition, Allen also serves as Chairman of the Council on Competitiveness as of January 2010. He was appointed to Whirlpool Corporation’s board of directors in June 2010.

He is a 1975 graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management. He is a native of Sumter, South Carolina.

My Sessions

Where America Stands: The 2017 Clarion Call for Competitiveness

Knight Conference Center Room 704

For over thirty years, the Council has addressed national competitiveness comprehensively, examining a range of critical economic issues including research and development, advanced manufacturing, access to capital, high-skilled workforce training, trade and the key role of government in creating a pro-growth environment in which companies compete and Americans prosper. The Council’s board of directors will […]


Assessing U.S. Response to the Energy Opportunity

Knight Conference Center Room 704

For almost a decade, the United States has seen an unprecedented surge in both non-renewable and renewable energy resources turning what was once an economic and national security weakness into a strength. Have we leveraged this opportunity at the federal state and local levels to maximum effect? Mr. Samuel R. Allen, Chairman and Chief Executive […]


Remarks from Council Board

University Club Room

Samuel R. Allen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deere & Company; and Chairman, Council on Competitiveness Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University; and Vice Chairman for University, Council on Competitiveness Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer for Global Research and Development, PepsiCo; and Vice Chairman for Industry, Council on Competitiveness