DULUTH, GEORGIA, US — Martin Richenhagen will retire Dec. 31 as chairman, president and chief executive officer of AGCO. He will be replaced by Eric Hansotia, AGCO’s current senior vice president and chief operating officer.

Hansotia also has been elected to the board of directors, effective immediately.

Richenhagen joined AGCO in 2004 as president and CEO and was named board chairman in 2006.

“It’s been my greatest privilege to serve alongside my AGCO colleagues for the past 16 years,” he said. “Their dedication, integrity, innovativeness and commitment to our customers are what make AGCO such an extraordinary company, and I’m proud to have been part of its history. I have tremendous confidence in Eric, the board, our employees and our dealer network, and believe that AGCO’s best days are yet to come.”

Gerald Shaheen, independent lead director, said Richenhagen has served AGCO with great distinction through the years. 

“Under his leadership, AGCO evolved into an integrated global manufacturer of high-tech, sustainable, agricultural solutions to serve our farmers around the world,” he said. “AGCO expanded its product portfolio, entered into new markets, consolidated product platforms and modernized facilities. Driven by strong financial performance under his direction, AGCO improved to an investment grade credit rating while initiating a dividend and a substantial share re-purchase program. Martin has been a model of corporate leadership and integrity in the industry. We wish him well in his retirement and look forward to new levels of success under Eric’s leadership.”

Richenhagen added, “The board and I are confident that Eric is the right person to build on AGCO’s solid foundation.  “Eric is a seasoned leader with broad industry knowledge, making him uniquely qualified to lead AGCO into the future. Eric has made significant contributions to AGCO’s success over the past seven years, most recently leading the company through the unique challenges presented by COVID-19. His strong strategic view on the future trends in global agriculture along with his diverse operational experience will enable AGCO to successfully meet the changing needs of our customers.” 

Hansotia joined AGCO as senior vice president, Global Crop Cycle and Fuse Connected Services in 2013 and has served in the role of senior vice president and COO in 2019. Prior to joining AGCO, Hansotia had a 20-year tenure with Deere & Company where he held leadership positions, including senior vice president, global harvesting, and vice president of global crop care.

“I want to express my gratitude to both Martin and the board of directors for their confidence in my ability to lead AGCO into the future,” he said. “Together with our talented team, I look forward to helping our global farmers sustainably feed the world through smart, innovative agricultural solutions. I believe farmer-driven innovation is the key to unlocking value for our employees, dealers and shareholders, and I look forward to building on Martin’s legacy as we realize AGCO’s bright future.”