26, 2008 Guest – Bob Lane
Program: The Congruent Life
Robert W. Lane has served as chairman and
chief executive officer of Deere & Company since August 2000.
Lane, following an early career in global
joined John Deere in 1982, initially managing various operations within
the Worldwide Construction Equipment Division and later serving as
president and chief operating officer of Deere Credit, Inc. In 1992, he
joined the Worldwide Agricultural Equipment Division where, as senior
vice president, he directed equipment operations in Latin America,
Australia and East Asia.
Elected chief financial officer in 1996, Lane
subsequently moved to Germany where, as managing director, he led
Deere's agricultural equipment operations in Europe, Africa, the Middle
East, India and the nations of the former Soviet Union. He returned to
the United States as president of the Worldwide Agricultural Equipment
Division and thereafter was elected president and chief operating
officer of Deere & Company.
Lane also serves as a director of General Electric Company and Verizon
Communications Inc. He is an honorary director of the Lincoln Park Zoo,
Chicago, and a national director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Born in Washington, D.C., in 1949, Lane
graduated with high honors from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, in
1972. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the
University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1974. He and his
wife, Patricia, have three adult children and reside in Moline,
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.