Caterpillar Leaders Named 2020 Notable Women in Manufacturing

To continue the Caterpillar legacy into the future, it will take the Power of Everyone – our different backgrounds, experiences, cultures and perspectives. Together, we innovate, collaborate, problem solve and build.

Two Caterpillar women who are using their talents to create a positive impact were recently recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business magazine. Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel and Lou Balmer-Millar are among 27 professionals recognized as 2020 Notable Women in Manufacturing. These women are shaping their teams, companies, and the industry. 

Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel joined Caterpillar in January 2019 as the Integrated Logistics Director. In her first year with Caterpillar, Wendi has increased the number of female leaders and U.S. ethnic minority leaders in her organization by 20%. She is a strong supporter of diversity in thought and ensuring all perspectives are represented, which is why she moved global leadership positions to other regions of the world.

Wendi says, “The best advice I ever got was, ‘listen, learn and then lead.’ As you move up in the ranks, you often lead in areas from which you have little or no background. You need to really listen and ask questions to learn before you can lead the team.”

Lou is a General Manager responsible for delivering customer and shareholder value for three diesel high speed large engine platforms, as well as managing performance development, engine simulation and core engine component solutions. 

She says, “Winning requires our teams around the world to solve complex problems with high velocity every day.  Whether delivering a new emissions product, designing a complex supply chain, or optimizing factory efficiency, we make better decisions when we bring to bear a range of technical skills, experiences, knowledge and ideas.

Congratulations to Wendi and Lou - and the many talented women at Caterpillar who are making a difference in communities around the globe! Search and apply today to be a part of building a better world. 


Lou Balmer-Millar, Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel

Lou Balmer-Millar, Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel

Lou Balmer-Millar, Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel