Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, AGCO
AGCO Chairman, President and CEO Martin Richenhagen was the first and for many years the only German CEO of a US Fortune 500 company. Born and raised in Cologne, he studied theology, philosophy and worked as a French teacher, before he changed fields and started a successful international business career.
Since 2004 Mr. Richenhagen is the head of the Atlanta-based agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO Corporation that sells its products under the well-known brands Challenger®, Fendt®, Massey Ferguson®, Valtra® and GSI®. Mr. Richenhagen is the industry expert on all agribusiness matters and frequently speaks on conferences, at universities and business summits.
Mr. Richenhagen currently serves on the Board of Directors of PPG Industries and Praxair. In 2008, Mr. Richenhagen was appointed Honorary Professor to the faculty of agricultural machinery at the TU Dresden, Dresden University of Technology (Germany) and in 2016, he received an honorary PhD from Szent István University in Gödöllő, (Hungary).
He served as the Chairman of the German American Chambers of Commerce of the US (GACCs) and was a member of the President’s ‘Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa’.