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Boeing executive Leanne Caret joins Deere board of directors

With her election, the Deere board will have 12 members, 11 of whom are independent, or non-employee, directors.

November 1, 2021  by CM Staff

MOLINE — Deere & Company announced the election of Leanne G. Caret, a manufacturing executive, to the company’s board of directors. She is an executive vice president of The Boeing Company and serves as president and chief executive officer of the Boeing Defense, Space, and Security business. In 2020, Boeing’s revenue from defense and space platforms and services was about $35 billion.

“We are pleased to welcome a business leader of Leanne’s caliber to the Deere board,” said John C. May, chairman and chief executive officer. “She brings over two decades of executive experience in aerospace, defense, and security, adding to our diverse, talented group of directors. Her background in complex systems as well as innovative technologies, solutions, and services will be of particular value as we build on our leadership position through our smart industrial operating model.”

Originally from Florida, Caret joined Boeing in the late 1980s. Prior to her present position, she was president of Boeing’s global services and support division and chief financial officer of the defense, space, and security business.

Caret holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kansas State University and an MBA from Wichita State University. She earned certifications from executive leadership programs at Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame.

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With her election, the Deere board will have 12 members, 11 of whom are independent, or non-employee, directors.


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