Marc A. Howze is Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Deere & Company, a position he was appointed to in November 2016. In this role, he has responsibility for key administrative activities of the company, including Human Resources, Labor Relations, Public Affairs, Communications, Brand Management, and Security. Mr. Howze joined Deere & Company in 2001 as an attorney. He later served as Senior Attorney, Senior Counsel, and Manager, Business Development, Consumer Equipment Division. Mr. Howze was elected Corporate Secretary and Associate General Counsel, Deere & Company, in 2006. In 2008, Mr. Howze was assigned to Deere's agricultural marketing group as Marketing Integration Manager. In 2009, he was appointed Factory Manager, John Deere Turf Care, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, and was later Global Director, Cotton Harvesting Product Line. Immediately prior to his current position, he was Vice President, Global Human Resources and Employee Communications, beginning in October 2012. Prior to joining John Deere, Mr. Howze served in the U.S. Army as an artillery officer and in various capacities as a Judge Advocate. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Howze earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is a member of the Illinois and Michigan Bar Associations and member of the boards of the Executive Leadership Council, Human Resources Policy Association, and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. In 2018, Mr. Howze was elected to the board of directors for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.