Sam Allen, Deere & Co.’s president and chief executive officer, has been elected chairman of the Council on Competitiveness.

He succeeds Charles Holliday Jr., retired DuPont chairman, who will become the council’s chairman emeritus.

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Allen, a 34-year veteran of Deere, has had a hand in major advancements in Deere’s engineering, technology and innovation capabilities, according to a news release. He also managed operations in various locations worldwide.

“Leadership of the Council on Competitiveness is a key role as Deere & Company focuses on the collaborative efforts of other companies, university presidents and labor leaders to take appropriate actions that will help ensure the global competitiveness of U.S. companies such as John Deere,” Deere spokesman Ken Golden said in the news release.