Denise C. Johnson is a group president of Caterpillar Inc. She is responsible for Caterpillar’s Resource Industries (RI) segment, which includes Integrated Components and Solutions Division, RI Operations and Products Division, Strategic Procurement & Planning Division, and the RI Sales, Services and Technology Division.
Johnson joined Caterpillar in 2011 and initially served as the general manager of Specialty Products within Caterpillar’s Reman & Components Division, where she had global responsibility for wear component products and facilities. She previously had a career with General Motors, where she built deep expertise in operations and product management. In 2012, the Caterpillar board of directors named Johnson vice president of the Diversified Products Division. In 2013, Johnson was named vice president of Integrated Manufacturing Operations, and in 2014, she was named vice president of Material Handling & Underground Division. She was named group president of Resource Industries in April 2016.
Johnson, a native of Portland, Michigan, graduated from Michigan State University in 1989 with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. She earned dual master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1997.
Johnson is a member of numerous outside boards, including the National Mining Association Board of Directors, the National Association of Manufacturers, ABB, MIT Leaders for Global Operations Governing Board, and the US Chamber of Commerce.
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