Randal Sergesketter

Industrial Technology '80
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Commercial and Consumer Equipment for John Deere

For over 20 years, Randy Sergesketter has provided leadership at John Deere through a variety of positions during his impressive tenure with the company. He joined John Deere during his time at Purdue as a summer trainee in 1980 and worked as a floor supervisor at Harvester Works. After graduation, he returned to Harvester Works and progressed through a variety of manufacturing, engineering, and management positions. In addition, Randy has held management positions in four factories, three equipment divisions, and at the corporate headquarters. He was the general manager of John Deere Harvester Works from 2003 to 2005 and prior to this position was manager of manufacturing operations.

On July 1, 2005, Randy was named senior vice president for the worldwide commercial and consumer equipment division. In this role, Randy is responsible for worldwide manufacturing, engineering, supply management, and information technology for the $183 million division.

Randy also recognizes the value of community service. He is a member of the College of Technology Dean’s Executive Council and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Randy sits on the board of directors for the Quad Cities United Way Board and Boys Scouts of America, Illowa Council.

Randy resides in Cary, North Carolina, with his wife, Debra, and their two children.

This was originally written for the Distinguished Technology Alumni Awards in 2006.