Caterpillar Announces Retirements of Long-Time Officers; Appointments and
Changes in Responsibilities for Vice Presidents Will Drive Company Strategy
PEORIA, Ill., Aug. 20, 2013
PEORIA, Ill., Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) today
announced that three long-time vice presidents, Steve Fisher, Steve Larson and
Bill Rohner, have elected to retire. Choosing from a mix of veteran company
leaders and executives with outside expertise and experience, the Board of
Directors of the company has appointed four new vice presidents, and the
company is also changing responsibilities for other vice presidents. These
moves align with Caterpillar's strategy and will add to the depth of
Caterpillar's executive leadership ranks.
Steve Fisher Retirement
After more than 35 years with Caterpillar, Steve Fisher, vice president of the
Large Power Systems & Growth Markets Division, has elected to retire. Fisher's
retirement will be effective February 1, 2014.
"Steve Fisher's legacy at Caterpillar is the integral part he played in
growing and diversifying our remanufacturing business, including his
leadership in acquiring Progress Rail Services, which preceded the acquisition
of EMD, placing Caterpillar in a unique position to serve the rail industry
with a broad range of locomotives and services," said Jim Umpleby, Caterpillar
group president with responsibility for Energy & Power Systems. "Steve also
provided outstanding executive leadership as Caterpillar integrated Bucyrus
International, the largest acquisition in Caterpillar's history."
Fisher joined Caterpillar in 1978 as an accounting trainee. He held numerous
accounting and cost management positions, serving as a business resource
manager and cost and business analysis services manager. He was instrumental
in mergers and acquisitions activity and in the development of the company's
internal strategic consulting business while in corporate accounting. He
joined the remanufacturing products group as general manager in 2001. Fisher
became a Caterpillar vice president in 2006. Fisher has a bachelor's degree in
accounting from Bradley University and is a certified public accountant.
Steve Larson Retirement
After more than 34 years with Caterpillar, Steve Larson, vice president of the
Parts Distribution & Diversified Products Division, has elected to retire.
Larson's retirement will be effective February 1, 2014.
"Steve will be remembered for his thoughtful leadership within Caterpillar and
his strong customer focus during a diverse 34-year career that included
leadership positions in finance, as a product manager, a district and regional
manager and finally for the last nine years as a senior executive and leader
that helped to transform our logistics business," said Stu Levenick,
Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Customer & Dealer Support.
"Steve played a critical role in the successful divestiture of a majority
interest in Caterpillar Logistics Services in 2012, and over the last several
years, he has guided the build out, modernization and expansion of the Cat®
parts distribution network including the opening of four new facilities in the
United States, as well as new facilities in Australia, Dubai and Mexico."
Larson joined Caterpillar in 1979 and held a series of positions with growing
responsibilities in the areas of accounting, finance and marketing. In 1995 he
was named a product/marketing manager in North America Commercial Division,
and later held positions as a district manager, product manager for large
track-type tractors and regional manager. In 2003, he moved to Singapore to
become a vice president of Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation. In
2007, the Caterpillar Board of Directors appointed Larson a vice president
with responsibility for the Logistics Division. Larson holds a bachelor's
degree in business and an MBA from Western Illinois University.
Bill Rohner Retirement
After more than 41 years with Caterpillar, Bill Rohner, vice president of the
Electric Power Division, has elected to retire. Rohner's retirement will be
effective February 1, 2014.
"During his remarkable 41 year career with Caterpillar that included postings
in Brazil, Japan and a variety of locations in the United States, Bill
developed deep expertise in manufacturing and business operations, culminating
in his appointment as the first Caterpillar vice president for the Electric
Power Division," Umpleby said. "In 10 years leading our Electric Power
Division, Bill has successfully grown the scope of this business while
adjusting to the increasingly competitive environment and positioning the
business to compete and win electric power customers in growth markets. Bill
also played a critical role in the acquisition and integration of the MWM
engine business into Caterpillar."
Rohner began his Caterpillar career in 1972 and held a number of
manufacturing, accounting, business analysis and technical services positions
with increasing levels of responsibility. In 1995, he became operations
manager for the remanufacturing facility in Corinth, Miss. He moved to Japan
in 1996 as managing director of Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi, Ltd., returning
to the United States in 1998 for leadership positions in the Track-Type
Tractors Division and Transmission Business Unit. In 2000, he became managing
director of Caterpillar Brasil Ltd., and in 2004, he was appointed vice
president of the Electric Power Division. He holds a bachelor's degree in
industrial engineering from Iowa State University and an executive MBA from
the University of Illinois.
New Responsibilities for Vice Presidents Tana Utley, Steve Gosselin and Bill
Tana Utley, currently vice president of the Industrial Power Systems & Growth
Markets Division, will replace Steve Fisher as vice president, Large Power
Systems & Growth Markets Division. Utley's move to the new position is
effective October 1, 2013. In conjunction with this leadership change,
Caterpillar is also announcing a realignment of parts of its reciprocating
engine business to better align engine products with global customer
requirements. As a result, the Large Power Systems & Growth Markets led by
Utley will be accountable for all Caterpillar and Perkins brand engines above
Utley was first appointed a Caterpillar vice president in 2007, when she was
named chief technology officer and vice president of the Technology &
Solutions Division. Utley joined Caterpillar in 1986 as a junior engineer.
Over the next 15 years, she held a variety of engineering and management
positions with increasing responsibilities throughout the company. In 2004,
Utley was named to lead the Electronic & Electrical Systems business unit in
Caterpillar's Motion & Power Control Division. She also served as the director
of Engine Design, Large Engine Products & Fuel Systems Division. Utley holds a
bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Bradley University and a
master's degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
where she was a Sloan Fellow.
Concurrent with the announcement of Steve Larson's retirement, Caterpillar is
announcing a strategic realignment of the Parts Distribution & Diversified
Products Division and the Customer Services Support Division. As part of this
realignment, Caterpillar's Parts Distribution business will be integrated into
the Customer Services Support Division, which is led by Vice President Steve
Gosselin. The Customer Services Support Division is focused on aggressively
growing Caterpillar's parts and product support. The division develops and
supports deployment of parts and service products, processes and programs for
our dealers, enabling them to deliver unmatched product support. Including
Caterpillar Parts Distribution this division will form a single global parts
organization that will allow a seamless Caterpillar focus on supporting
customer requirements for product support.
Since joining Caterpillar in 1979 as a parts and service sales trainee,
Gosselin has held numerous positions in the product support, machine and
engine businesses. In 1994, he was named area manager, based in London,
responsible for the machinery business in the Northwest quadrant of Europe.
From 1998 to 2000, Gosselin served as the North American Distribution Manager
for the Engine Products Division. He was named Regional Manager for the North
America Commercial Division (NACD) in 2000. In 2002, he was elected a vice
president with responsibility for NACD with accountability for the company's
North American dealer development and machine marketing. In 2006, he was named
president of Solar Turbines Incorporated, and in 2010, he assumed his current
role with the company.
Bill Finerty, currently vice president of Americas Distribution Services
Division, will assume responsibilities for the newly realigned Diversified
Products Division, which includes Caterpillar's global paving products,
forestry products, defense and federal products, OEM Solutions group, Cat
Tunneling,and theindustrial and waste group. In addition, Caterpillar's
on-highway truck group will move from the Customer Services Support Division
to become part of the Diversified Products Division. The changes for the
Diversified Products Division and the Customer Services Support Division will
be effective October 1, 2013.
Finerty joined Caterpillar in 1984 in the marketing training program as a
sales development technician. He then held a series of positions in the United
States and Europe with growing responsibilities in the areas of marketing,
finance and mining. In 2005, he was named a regional manager for the Americas
Distribution Services Division. He was appointed Caterpillar vice president
with responsibility for the Americas Distribution Services Division in 2011.
Finerty has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Southern Illinois
Ramin Younessi Appointed Vice President of Industrial Power Systems & Growth
Following the announcement that Tana Utley will replace the retiring Steve
Fisher as vice president of Caterpillar's Large Power Systems & Growth Markets
Division, Caterpillar's Board of Directors has appointed Ramin Younessi to
replace Utley as vice president with responsibility for the Industrial Power
Systems & Growth Markets Division.
In conjunction with this leadership change, Caterpillar is also announcing a
realignment of parts of its reciprocating engine business to better align
engine products with global customer requirements. As a result, the Industrial
Power Systems & Growth Markets Division to be led by Younessi will be
accountable for all Caterpillar and Perkins brand engines 18 liters and below.
Consistent with this change, several facilities that have been part of
Caterpillar's Large Power Systems & Growth Markets Division will move to
become part of the Industrial Power Systems & Growth Markets Division.
"Ramin brings more than two decades of outside senior leadership experience to
Caterpillar, with previous executive responsibility for global truck and
engine engineering, quality, purchasing, advance technology and product
planning with Navistar, and executive leadership positions in product
development and planning for Daimler AG's commercial vehicle division," said
Umpleby. "His global experience and perspective, as well as his strong track
record for product development for developing markets will be a great addition
Younessi most recently spent six years as a group vice president with
Navistar. Prior to joining Navistar in 2007, he held a number of senior
leadership and executive positions in the United States and Germany with the
commercial vehicle division of Daimler AG. Younessi has a bachelor's degree in
electrical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and master's
degrees in engineering from Syracuse University and the University of
Maryland. Younessi will assume his new position effective October 1, 2013.
Pablo Koziner Appointed Vice President of Americas Distribution Services
Following the announcement that Bill Finerty will assume responsibilities for
the newly realigned Diversified Products Division, Caterpillar's Board of
Directors has appointed Pablo Koziner, currently east region manager in the
Americas Distribution Services Division, as vice president of the Americas
Distribution Services Division.
"Since joining Caterpillar 12 years ago, Pablo has consistently delivered
results while tackling new and more complex assignments," said Levenick. "In
both Latin America and North America, Pablo has established a strong
commercial track record with our dealers, and more importantly, has developed
a level of trust with those dealers that position him well to take on this new
Kozinerjoined Caterpillar's Legal Services Division in 2001 after working for
two law firms in New York City. He was promoted twice within the Legal
Services Division before moving to a new role in 2005 as a power systems sales
manager for Latin America. He then held a series of sales and marketing
positions with increasing responsibilities in Mexico and Chile. In 2009,
Koziner was named district manager for Caterpillar's Latin America Commercial
Division, based in Santiago, Chile. He was promoted to his current role in
2011. Koziner has a bachelor's degree in political science and a law degree
from Boston College. Koziner will assume his new position effective October 1,
Steve Niehaus Appointed Vice President of Electric Power Division
Following the announcement of Bill Rohner's retirement, Caterpillar's Board of
Directors has appointed Steve Niehaus to replace Rohner as vice president with
responsibility for the Electric Power Division. Niehaus is currently the
retail general manager for the Electric Power Division.
"Steve brings extensive global expertise to this position, having previously
served in jobs in Caterpillar's engine and electric power businesses in
Brazil, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and the United States," Umpleby said. "Steve
has a proven track record running large parts of the electric power business
for Caterpillar in the last several years where he has become known for his
values-based leadership style."
Niehaus joined Caterpillar in 1989 following a career with Iowa Southern
Utilities. During the first 15 years of his career with Caterpillar, Niehaus
held a series of engine sales, marketing and business development positions
with increasing responsibilities, working on four continents. In 2006 he was
promoted to commercial manager for the Electric Power Division. Prior to his
current position, Niehaus was also the product manager for the Cat Branded
Product Group within the Electric Power Division, and he served as the
business development manager for the Caterpillar Power Generation Systems
group. Niehaus has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the
University of Iowa. Niehaus will assume his new position effective October 1,
Mike DeWalt Appointed Vice President of Strategic Services Division
To improve the strategic planning process across the company, Caterpillar's
Board of Directors has appointed Mike DeWalt, currently corporate controller,
as vice president of the newly created Strategic Services Division. The
Strategic Services Division includes strategic planning, Mergers &
Acquisitions (M&A), investor relations, economics, business risk management
and competitive analysis. The Strategic Services Division will lead the
strategic planning process – from underlying economics to development of
corporate strategy with Caterpillar's Executive Office, to linking the
company's strategy to Caterpillar's business units, through the implementation
of growth strategies that involve M&A, and communication of strategy and
execution to Caterpillar's shareholders.
"In a career spanning 32 years with Caterpillar, Mike has developed a
reputation as one of the company's most respected strategic thinkers with a
deep and broad understanding of all of Caterpillar's businesses. He also has
built deep expertise within our accounting and financial operations, which
will serve the company and its shareholders well as he assumes this new
strategic role," said Brad Halverson, Caterpillar group president and Chief
DeWalt joined Caterpillar in 1981 as an accountant. Over the next 15 years, he
held a series of positions with increasing responsibilities in the accounting
and budgeting and forecasting functions. In 1996, DeWalt was named a senior
vice president of Finance and Planning for F.G. Wilson, based in Northern
Ireland, and in 1998 became the finance director for the Perkins Engine
Company in Peterborough, UK. In 2004, DeWalt was named director of strategic
investments, leading Caterpillar's corporate mergers and acquisitions group.
In 2005, he was named director of investor relations for Caterpillar and in
2012 was named corporate controller. DeWalt has a bachelor's degree in
accounting from Illinois State University. DeWalt will assume his new position
effective October 1, 2013.
Jill Daugherty Appointed Corporate Controller
Following the announcement that Mike DeWalt has beenappointed vice president
of the Strategic Services Division, Caterpillar's Board of Directors has
appointed Jill Daugherty, currently group chief financial officer, Energy &
Power Systems Division, as corporate controller. In this role, Daugherty will
have responsibility for corporate accounting, forecasting and enterprise cost
and business analysis.
"Jill brings deep accounting expertise and a breadth of Caterpillar experience
in previous positions she has held in the United States, Europe and Asia,"
said Julie Lagacy, vice president of the Finance Services Division.
Daugherty joined Caterpillar as an intern in 1990. Upon graduating from Purdue
University with a bachelor's degree in accounting, she was hired as a
production accounting clerk. Over the next 10 years, she held a series of
positions with increasing responsibility in accounting and business support.
In 2002, she was named controller for the Engine Division. She was previously
the corporate consolidation manager based in Peoria, Ill., business support
manager for Asia based in Singapore, business resource manager in Gosselies,
Belgium, and group CFO in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition to her bachelor's
degree from Purdue, Daugherty has a master's degree in business administration
from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is a certified public accountant.
Daugherty will assume her new position effective October 1, 2013.
For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress
possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2012 sales and
revenues of $65.875 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer
of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines,
industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is
a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services,
Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services and Progress Rail Services. More
information is available at: http://www.caterpillar.com.
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standards; (xxvi)failure or breach of information technology security;
(xxvii)adverse effects of natural disasters; and (xxviii)other factors
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