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Bridge Award Profiles: Robert W. Lane
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National Bridge Awards

2015 Richard A. Gonzalez

2014 Jonas Prising 

2012 William C. Weldon

2010 John T. Chambers
2009 Michael E. Szymanczyk
2008 Indra K. Nooyi
2007 Ronald A. Williams
2006 H. Lee Scott, Jr.
2005 Jeffrey Noddle
2004 Ivan G. Seidenberg


Chicago Bridge Awards

2015 Jim Skogsbergh

2014 Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. 

2013 Don Thompson

2012 Gregory D. Wasson

2011 Patricia Hemingway Hall

2010 Frederick H. Waddell

2009 Gregory C. Case

2007 Robert W. Lane

2006 James Skinner

2005 John W. Rowe


Bridge Advocate Awards

2015 Pat Harris

2010 Maestro Paul Freeman

2009 James C. Tyree

2006 John W. Rogers, Jr.

2004 Roel C. Campos

"Expressing John Deere's fundamental belief in global business and diversity, we strive to maintain an appealing culture that promotes teamwork, cooperation, productivity, acceptance and mutual respect for all."          


Robert W. Lane
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Deere & Company

Robert W. Lane is chairman and chief executive officer of Deere & Company, 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. Under his leadership, Deere & Company’s sales have grown worldwide due to increases in equipment and agricultural equipment sales and improvements in commercial and consumer equipment sales.


Lane 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. In 1996, he was elected chief financial officer.

Lane subsequently moved to Germany serving as managing director of Deere’s agricultural equipment operations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India and the nations of the former Soviet Union. In August of 2000, he was elected chairman of the board and chief executive officer.

In an attempt to grow a great business globally, diversity and inclusion is one of the hallmarks of Deere’s core values. Diversity is reflected in its workplace, marketplace, and the communities it serves. Putting differences to work to create an inclusive environment are producing meaningful results. In its workplace, Deere has four multiracial Employee Network Groups; in its marketplace for its three equipment divisions in the U. S., more than 220 dealers are minority owned; and in the community, Deere continues to invest in programs dedicated to strengthening diverse and vibrant communities. These efforts are the result of the committed leadership of Lane and Deere’s board of directors.

According to Lane, “For John Deere to compete successfully, on a sustainable global basis, it seeks to enter new marketplaces with cultural sensitivity, technical sophistication, and a deep appreciation of the market dynamics. Diversity among the board of directors is an important component for sustainable growth and global competitiveness.” In addition to his role as chairman and chief executive officer, Lane 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.

Lane graduated with high honors from Wheaton College in Illinois (1972), and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (1974).

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