Deere names Felecia Pryor senior VP and chief people officer

Deere & Co. has tabbed former BorgWarner Inc. and Ford Motor Co. executive Felecia Pryor as its new senior vice president and chief people officer effective Aug. 15, the Moline-based company recently announced.

In this newly created role on John Deere’s senior leadership team, Ms. Pryor will have responsibility for the company’s human resources, labor relations, enterprise security, aviation, and brand and communications functions. She will report directly to Deere Chairman and CEO John May.

“Over the course of her career, Felecia has compiled an impressive record of achievement in a range of HR-related areas and is well-known for her expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion, talent development, executive compensation, performance management, succession planning, and employment law,” Mr. May said. “Felecia will play an instrumental role in helping us achieve the company’s strategic ambitions, strengthen the John Deere brand, and attract and retain top talent.”

Ms. Pryor joins Deere with nearly two decades of experience in human resources and related fields at BorgWarner, Inc., and Ford. In her most recent position, she was executive vice president and chief human resources officer at BorgWarner. Prior to that she was vice president of human resources at the company’s Morse business unit. 

She earlier spent 16 years at Ford, where she was global human resources director and served in executive roles in Thailand and China. She earlier held human resources and labor relations positions at various Ford assembly plants and at the company’s financial-services unit.

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