MOLINE, Ill., Aug. 21 /CNW/ -- Deere & Company announced today that its
board of directors has elected Clayton M. Jones to the board, effective August
28, 2007. Since June 2002, Clay Jones has served as chairman, president and
chief executive officer of Rockwell Collins, which is headquartered in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, and is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative
communication and aviation electronics solutions for both commercial and
"Clay leads a premiere technology company headquartered in the U.S.
Midwest that develops exceptional employee talent to meet the exacting
requirements of customers all around the world. John Deere is fortunate that
Clay has agreed to join the Deere & Company Board of Directors," said Robert
W. Lane, Deere & Company's chairman and chief executive officer.
"Clay has distinguished himself as a corporate leader in commercializing
advanced technology. His deep understanding of public policy formation and how
it is impacted by global developments and scientific advancement will further
strengthen the Deere & Company Board of Directors."
Jones has a notable record of leadership at Rockwell Collins, where he
was elected chairman in 2002; named president and chief executive officer in
2001; and had served as senior vice president of Rockwell International.
He also has served as vice president and general manager of the Collins
Air Transport Division and as corporate senior vice president of Government
Operations and International in Washington, D.C., where he represented all
Rockwell businesses to international and domestic customers. In 1982, he was
sponsored by Rockwell to serve a fellowship in a White House Executive
Jones serves as a director on the Board of the Unisys Corporation. He
also serves on the Board of Directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers
Association, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and on the Board
of Governors of the Aerospace Industry Association. In addition, Jones is a
member of The Business Council and the President's National Security
Telecommunications Advisory Committee. He is an Honorary Fellow of the
American Institute of Aeronautics.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Jones joined Rockwell International in
1979 after serving 8 years in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot. Jones
holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and a master's
degree in business administration from George Washington University.
The Deere Board has elected Jones to serve on its compensation and
pension plan oversight committees. The Deere & Company Board of Directors will
now total 13 members, 12 of whom are independent with the addition of Jones.
-- Crandall C. Bowles, Chairman, Springs Industries, Inc.;
-- Vance D. Coffman, Retired Chairman, Lockheed Martin Corporation;
-- T. Kevin Dunnigan, Retired Chairman, Thomas & Betts Corporation;
-- Chad Holliday, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DuPont;
-- Dipak C. Jain, Dean, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern
-- Arthur L. Kelly, Managing Partner, KEL Enterprises L.P.;
-- Antonio Madero B., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SANLUIS
Corporacion S.A. de C.V.;
-- Joachim Milberg, Chairman, Supervisory Board, Bayerische Motoren Werke
-- Richard B. Myers, Retired Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff;
-- Thomas H. Patrick, Chairman, New Vernon Capital, LLC; and
-- Aulana L. Peters, Retired Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
John Deere (Deere & Company) (NYSE: DE) is the world's leading provider
of advanced products and services for agriculture and forestry and a major
provider of advanced products and services for construction, lawn and turf
care, landscaping and irrigation. John Deere also provides financial services
worldwide and manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment. Since
it was founded in 1837, the company has extended its heritage of integrity,
quality, commitment and innovation around the globe.
For further information:
For further information: Ken Golden, Director, Strategic Public
Relations of Deere & Company, +1-309-765-5678 Web Site: http://www.deere.com