Mark von Pentz
President, Ag & Turf Division: Small Ag & Turf, and Europe, CIS, Asia, and Africa at John Deere
Mark von Pentz is President, Agriculture & Turf Division, Small Ag and Turf, responsible for the European, CIS, Asian, and African markets as well as the equipment solutions that provide value to small ag and turf care customers. He was named to the role in June 2020. A champion for the ag producer, Mark has served as a president of Deere's Ag & Turf business for more than a dozen years, with market responsibilities spanning the globe (Europe, CIS, Africa, Asia, and South America) and product-line responsibilities that have included every ag equipment product line. Under Mark's leadership, the company overhauled its flagship tractor product line with advancements that have earned the company accolades from both engineering organizations and high-tech communities. In 2019, the German agricultural society, DLG, awarded John Deere its only gold medal at its biennial Agritechnica Show, the ag industry's leading tradeshow for technology and innovation. Mark's previous leadership assignments include: Senior Vice President, Marketing & Product Support – Europe, Africa, and the Middle East; Vice President, North American Ag Marketing; Director, North American Ag Market Development and Customer Focus project manager; branch, division, and territory sales manager roles in Europe; and factory marketing manager for mid-sized tractors. Mark joined Deere in 1990. Mark is an advisory board member of the VDMA (German Equipment Manufacturers' Association), a regional advisory board member of Deutsche Bank AG, a board member of the U.S.- Russia Business Council, and a member of the board of trustees of the Heidelberg University Foundation. A graduate of Hamburg University, Mark has an advanced degree in business administration.