DULUTH, Ga. -- AGCO Corporation has appointed Gretchen DeCoster as vice president, customer support North America.

DeCoster will be responsible for the North America Parts Division in Batavia, Ill., and Product Reliability located in Hesston, Kan., and Jackson, Minn.

Having recently served as director of finance, North America, DeCoster began her career with AGCO as Controller, North America Parts Division in 1999, after serving as a District Controller for Browning-Ferris Industries, where she worked closely with operations and sales. Prior to BFI, DeCoster was manager for financial reporting for Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers Inc.

During her career with AGCO, DeCoster has been heavily involved in all facets of the Parts Division's business activities.

"Gretchen is a welcome addition to the executive team," stated Bruce Plagman, Vice President for Global Customer Support. "This division will surely benefit from her background in, and knowledge of, the role parts and customer support plays within AGCO."

With an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and an MBA from DePaul University, DeCoster was selected for the Executive Management Program at Emory University in 2005.

Founded in 1990, AGCO Corporation is a leading global manufacturer of agricultural equipment and related replacement parts. AGCO offers a product line including tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, forage, tillage equipment and implements, which are distributed through more than 3,600 independent dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries worldwide. The company is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, and in 2005, had net sales of $5.4 billion.

SOURCE: AGCO news release.