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Mr. Mark von Pentz

Mr. Mark von PentzMr. Mark von Pentz is President John Deere Agriculture and Turf Division – Europe, CIS, Asia, Africa and Global Tractor Platform, a position he’s held since September 2012. Von Pentz is responsible for the customer-focused sales and marketing regions of Europe, CIS, Asia, and Africa, and all product platform groups for tractors.

Von Pentz began his career with John Deere in the European Office in 1990 as an internal auditor. He held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in the Agricultural Division’s marketing organization in Europe. In 1999, he was named General Manager of John Deere International, and in 2003 was appointed Director, Market Development for the United States and Canada. In 2005, von Pentz was named Vice President for Agricultural Marketing for the United States and Canada. In January 2006, he returned to Europe and was named Senior Vice President, Marketing and Product Support – Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Von Pentz is a graduate of Hamburg University with an advanced degree in business administration. He is a board member of the VDMA (German Equipment Manufacturers’ Association) and a member of the regional advisory board of Deutsche Bank AG, Mannheim.


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