Pierre E. Leroy
Retired President | Deere & Company
B.A. Political Science , University of Michigan
M.B.A Finance, University of Chicago
Michigan Chapter, 1967
Wife – Sue
Mr. Pierre Leroy received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, followed by an MBA from the University of Chicago, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class. He was then hired by Goldman Sachs and worked in New York, where he had the opportunity to learn from Robert (Bob) Rubin, former Treasury Secretary. He transferred to the Chicago office, which was headed by Henry (Hank) Paulson, also a former Treasury Secretary.
Later he joined Deere & Company in Moline, Illinois, where he served in numerous financial positions: Director of Finance for Europe, Africa and the Middle East; Treasurer; Vice President and Treasurer, responsible for all strategic planning and acquisitions at Deere; Chief Financial Officer, where he retained responsibility for strategic planning and acquisitions. He was promoted to President of Worldwide Construction & Forestry, and then given additional responsibility as President of the Global Parts Division.
In 2012 Mr. Leroy became the CEO and Executive Chairman of Vigilant Solutions, a data collection and analysis company. Vigilant is a privately held corporation serving law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, US Marshal Service as well as local law enforcement departments.
Recently Mr. Leroy founded The Pierre Group LLc, a boutique strategic consulting firm. It is arguably one of the most expensive consulting firms, aimed at serving new businesses, (where the Group accepts stock as payment for its services,) and companies needing to revamp their strategy in light of the digital transformation.
Mr. Leroy has served on the Board of Directors Capital One Financial since 2005. Other publicly held companies on which he served on the Board of Directors include Fortune Brands (Beam), United rental services (RSC) Acco Brands and Nuveen Investments. During his tenure on these boards he has served as Chairman of the Compensation Committee, the Governance Committee and Lead Director.
Mr. Leroy also serves the board of a number of privately held companies. For the most part, these are companies where he has a personal investment.
Mr. Leroy has received a number of commendations in business and his volunteer activities. Among them being named one of the 75 most powerful Blacks in business in the United States.
Mr. Leroy has served on a number of volunteer boards: University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Advisory Board; Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra Board; and Two Rivers YMCA Board of Directors.