Michele A Kaiser

Business Development Manager, John Deere

Michele is a Business Development Manager at John Deere ISG. In this position, Michele leads investment activities for targeted opportunities aligned to strategy. She leads market scanning activities and fosters and maintains relationships with early-stage tech startup companies and technologies relevant to ag and construction industries. Michele leads the John Deere Startup Collaborator.

Michele joined Deere in 2011 as Sr. Engineer responsible for EGR cooler development for iT4 and FT4 engines, as well as 6.8L air system development. In June 2013, she was appointed CI Engineering Manager for S350 T4 Engines, responsible for leadership of warranty issue resolution. In December of 2014, she accepted the position of Backhoe Program Manager, which she held until she accepted the role of SQE Manager for the C&F Division in April 2017. Following a role as crawler production supervisor, Michele’s most recent role was Assembly Business Unit Manager at Engine Works. Prior to John Deere, Michele worked as a team leader in product engineering at Behr, including new product development and advanced engineering in Stuttgart, Germany. Michele started her career in engineering for Cummins, Inc. She holds a BS degree in Engineering from the University of Dayton, a Master of Engineering Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the University of WisconsinMadison. She has co-authored three technical papers and holds one international patent. Michele is fluent in German.