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Agrimarketing : October 2007
Greg Page, Cargill's CEO/ Pres is elected Chmn of the com- pany's board. He succeeds Warren Staley, 65, whose planned retire- ment as Chmn was announced previously. Joining Deere & Co's senior mgt team are James M. Field, who is named Pres, Worldwide Commercial & Consumer Equipment Division, and Markwart von Pentz, who is named Pres, Agricultural Division, Europe, Africa and South America and Global Harvesting Equipment Sourcing. Von Pentz replaces H. J. Markley who is named to a new position of Exec VP with responsibility across the entire Deere enterprise for worldwide parts services; global supply management and logistics; enterprise information technology; and corporate communications Von Pentz has been serving as Sr VP, Mktg and Product Support for Europe, Africa and Middle East. He has held a number of positions in marketing leadership for John Deere both in Europe and North America. Field had been VP and Comp- troller and replaces Nathan J. Jones, who has retired. John J. Dalhoff is named VP and Comptroller to replace Field. He most recently served as Dir of Finance, Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division. Additional changes in leadership include the assignment of Advanced Technology and Innovation and Intelligent Mobile Equipment Technologies to Samuel R. Allen, who is Pres, Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division and John Deere Power Systems; and the assignment of Corp HR and Industrial Relations to David C. Everitt, who is Pres, Agricultural Division, North America, Australia and Asia and Global Tractor & Implement Sourcing. Novus International, Inc., forms a company doing business as Arenus to produce products for the equine, canine and human health markets. Jeremy Moore is named GM of the unit.The company has broken ground on a new global headquarters facili- ty in the Missouri Research Park in Saint Charles, MO (suburban Saint Louis). When completed, the 90,000 square foot facility, a $20 million investment, will consolidate Novus's headquarters and the Novus International Research Center into a single facility. In addi- tion to office space, the building will include ten research laboratories, an employee and customer training center, a fitness center, and a library. Jeremy Lutgen is named Mktg and PR Specialist at the company. He most recently was with Osborn & Barr Communications. Dr. Mike Stern is named Pres of American Seeds, Inc., a Monsanto business unit that now owns 25 dif- ferent seed brands. He replaces Dennis Plummer who is retiring from the company. Stern is CEO of Renessen, a joint venture between Monsanto and Cargill and will retain that responsi- bility. He joined Monsanto as a Sr Research Chemist in 1989. Successful Farming will launch the first-ever agricultural program sole- ly devoted to farm machinery for farmers and ranchers presented in high-definition (HD) TV. Premiering November 1, 2007, "The Successful Farming Machinery Show" will air four times a week for 18 weeks on RFDTV and on RFD-HD. The program will focus on what's new in machinery, machinery technology, farm shops, ATV's and tools. The show will bring to life some of the most popular pages in the magazine, including "Machinery Pete," "All Around the Farm," and "Top Shops." It will be hosted by the magazine's Machinery Editor Dave Mowitz. For more information and to view a trailer of the show, go to: agriculture.com/machineryshow. DICKEY-john and Trimble an- nounce they have joined forces to offer farmers a complete precision farming solution that uses the most advanced agricultural electronic technology from both companies. Their new "hybrid" systems will allow: • One-stop shopping for precision farming systems through DICKEY- john and Trimble dealers. • Buy-when-needed modules that will allow growers to add new functionality. • Less cab clutter. • The ability to install both compa- nies' new "hybrid" precision farm- ing systems on equipment in multi-branded fleets. Monsanto forms the Delta and Pine Land (D&PL) business unit that includes the full portfolio of seed, traits and chemistry and will serve producers and retail customer in the Cotton Belt. The commercial leadership team includes: Kevin Eblen, D&PL Business Lead; Randy Dismuke, Business Strategy Lead; Jim Willeke, D&PL Sls and Mktg Transition Lead; Dave Rhylander, Mkg Lead; Keylon Gholston, Cotton Prod Mgr; Allison Moskal, Cotton States Lead; Dwayne Goldmon, Prod Dev Mktg Mgr; Phoong Tang, Integration and Transition Lead; Dave Albers, Cotton Germplasm Technology Dev Mgr; Kenny Avery, D&PL East Regl Bus Dir; Ken Ferreira, D&PL East Regl Technology Dev Mgr; Barry Knight, D&PL West Regl Bus Dir; and Kent Croon, D&PL West Regl Technology Dev Mgr. Monsanto acquires Agroeste Sementes, a leading Brazilian corn seed company, for slightly more than $100 million. Agroeste focuses on hybrid corn seed production and serves farmers throughout Brazil, Page 6 AgriMarketing October 2007 Eblen Rhylander
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