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John Deere Appoints Managing Director in United Kingdom
Dec 29, 2005
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After 37 years of dedicated service to John Deere, Alec McKee has chosen to retire at the end of Dec. 2005. Richard Johnson will replace McKee as managing director of John Deere Limited as of Jan. 1, 2006.

After gaining an NDA from Harper Adams Agricultural College in 1967, and an NDAgrE from Writtle College of Agriculture in 1968, McKee worked for 4 years with a John Deere distributor in Zambia. He joined John Deere Limited in 1972 as a trainee territory manager, becoming business management adviser, credit manager and commercial manager. He was subsequently appointed general sales manager in 1991 and managing director in 1993.

At the end of 2000, McKee left the United Kingdom and Ireland branch for the position of vice-president, worldwide marketing for Deere & Company in Lenexa, Kansas, and in 2002 he was appointed vice-president, Russia Operations. In this capacity, McKee was instrumental in establishing a John Deere office in Moscow, as well as developing and implementing a dealer network and strategic business plan for the company in Russia. McKee then returned to the United Kingdom as managing director in 2004.

Johnson will take over responsibility for directing the activities of the United Kingdom and Ireland branch, including both the agricultural and commercial and consumer equipment (C&CE) divisions.

Johnson joined John Deere Limited in 1988 as a sales trainee after graduating from Harper Adams with an HND in Agricultural Engineering. He then became a C&CE territory manager, firstly for Scotland and Ireland, and then for the east and north west of England. He subsequently worked as homeowner equipment product manager and as business development manager for the United Kingdom and Ireland.

In 2001, Johnson moved to Deere & Company's European Office in Mannheim, Germany as manager, customer acquisition and marketing support, and subsequently manager, parts and service marketing for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In 2004, Johnson rejoined John Deere Limited in his current position as southern division sales manager. (Stackyard)

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