Hewitt, William A. - from United States
Country of meeting: in the year 1975
Was the former chairman of Deere & Company of Moline, Illinois, and the last of the Deere Family to run the company. He served as United States Ambassador to Jamaica from 1982–1985.
Hewitt was the fifth chief executive officer and last representative of the Deere family to run the company. During his tenure at Deere & Company, Hewitt turned the small domestic company into the world's leading farm equipment manufacturer with sales of over $5 billion.
In 1937 Hewitt graduated from the UC Berkeley as a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a minor in political science. After graduating he attend Harvard Business School for a year, but he lacked the funds to complete a graduate degree and returned to California. He took a job with the accounting department of Standard Oil of California in San Francisco (1938–1939), and then with Texaco in 1939. In 1940 he worked as a copywriter for Roos Brothers, a men's clothing chain in San Francisco
In 1948 Hewitt took a job the San Francisco branch of Deere & Company and was elected to the board of directors in 1950. He was named as executive vice president in 1954 and upon the death of Wilman in May 1955 succeeded him as chief executive officer and president. At the time Deere & Company was a domestic manufacturer with $339 million in yearly sales.
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