MOLINE, lll., March 25, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) announced today that former Eastman Chemical Company executive, Kellye Walker, will join its leadership team as senior vice president, chief legal officer and worldwide public affairs, effective April 29.

Kellye Walker Joins Deere & Company as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Worldwide Public Affairs

In her new role, Walker will succeed Mary Jones as the company's general counsel and have executive management responsibility for the global law and patent departments, as well as oversight of the company's public affairs and environmental, health, and safety functions. 

Walker has over 25 years of senior executive experience. As the vice president & chief legal officer at Eastman Chemical Company, she held overall leadership responsibility for Eastman's legal organization, including oversight of corporate governance, compliance, intellectual property, litigation, government affairs, product stewardship and regulatory affairs, global business conduct, as well as the company's global health, safety, and environment organizations.

Previously, she was executive vice president and chief legal officer for Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., a global engineering and defense technology provider and America's largest military shipbuilder. She also served as chief administrative officer at American Water Works Co., senior vice president and general counsel for Diageo North America, and senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary for BJ's Wholesale Club. She also served as a corporate partner in major law firms in Boston and New Orleans.

"Over the course of her career, Kellye has compiled an impressive record of experience and achievement," said John May, chairman & CEO of Deere & Company. "Her exceptional strategic leadership and problem-solving skills, along with her proven ability to deliver results in a rapidly changing environment, will be of real benefit to our company as we continue to deliver groundbreaking products, services, and outcomes for our ag, construction, and forestry customers around the world."

About Deere & Company:

Deere & Company ( is a global leader in the delivery of agricultural, construction, and forestry equipment. We help our customers push the boundaries of what's possible in ways that are more productive and sustainable to help life leap forward. Our technology-enabled products including John Deere Autonomous 8R Tractor, See & Spray™, and E-Power Backhoe are just some of the ways we help meet the world's increasing need for food, shelter, and infrastructure. Deere & Company also provides financial services through John Deere Financial.

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