Houston-based Mahindra USA, the number one selling tractor brand in the world, announced today that Cleo Franklin has been appointed as the company's new Vice President - Marketing and Strategic Planning.
took his new post on August 1 and will report directly to Mahindra USA President, Mani Iyer.
In addition to Marketing and Strategic Planning, Franklin will also oversee the Product Development function of the company.
"We are incredibly excited to welcome Cleo
to the Mahindra family," said Iyer.
Franklin has more than two decades of experience in the sales and marketing arena and most recently served as President of Franklin Strategic Solutions, a consulting firm that supported several companies' strategic planning and sales executions.
His extensive experience in the agricultural industry includes New Holland Agriculture, where he served as Senior Director, Sales & Operations.
Previously, Franklin spent 21 years at John Deere in the various roles, including Strategic Marketing Manager - Government and National Accounts, Strategy Manager - Large Property Owner Segment, and Group Brand Marketing Manager for Consumer Products and Utility Tractors.
has experienced impressive growth in the farm equipment industry, both globally and nationally, and the company has shown a commitment to extending its leadership with the introduction of exciting new products, exponential expansion of the dealer network, and the creation of Mahindra Financial," added Franklin
"I am proud to join the leadership team at Mahindra
and look forward to working with our passionate workforce, committed network of dealers, and the most loyal base of customers in the industry to continue to build the Mahindra
The recipient of an Executive MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, Franklin received his Bachelor of Science degree from Morningside College.