Hans W. Becherer

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Hans W. Becherer (born 1935) received his undergraduate education at Trinity College (Connecticut), where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall, and his MBA from Harvard.[1] He became president of John Deere in 1987 and led the Company as CEO from 1989 to 2000 following the financial farm crisis of the 1980s.[2] In 1990 Becherer also became chairman of John Deere's board when Robert Hanson retired. Under Becherer's tenure the company became a diversified, global competitor. By 1998 around 25% of Deere & Company sales revenues came from outside the United States and almost 50% of its product mix was non-agricultural. Robert W. Lane was elected to replace Becherer as CEO upon his retirement in 2000.

Becherer was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 2004.[3] He now lives in Denver,CO.[citation needed]

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