Frédéric Istas is Vice President of the Earthmoving Division and has worldwide design, manufacturing and support responsibility for Medium Tractor Products, Motor Graders, Medium Wheel Loaders, Paving Products and SEM branded product lines.
Istas joined Caterpillar in 1996 from Cargill (UK) and worked as service engineer in Gosselies, Belgium, before moving to Amsterdam to cover Northern Europe as a Parts and Service Sales Rep. He then relocated to Geneva, Switzerland and after a couple of years of running projects and helping dealers deploy the 6 Sigma methodology he was appointed in 2004 as the District Manager for AME International with responsibility of working with Caterpillar’s dealers in the distribution and support of Caterpillar product and services.
In 2008 he relocated to Peoria, IL, to take a role as global process owner in the Global Revenue Management group. Istas moved back to Geneva in 2011 to become the Regional Product Manager for tracked Hydraulic Excavators for EAME and Eurasia. In September 2013 he became the Product Support and Sales Operations Manager for Europe, Africa, Middle East and Eurasia, working for EAME Distribution Services before becoming the Global Sales Manager for Construction Industries in the newly created Global Aftermarket Solutions Division, in January 2016.
In June 2017, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named Istas Vice President of the Earthmoving Division.
Istas was born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium. He studied electro mechanics in Ghent, Belgium. He completed his Belgium national service obligations as Lieutenant in Arlon, Belgium and Siegen in Germany. He is a Graduate of the Caterpillar Duke University Executive Development Program, Digging Deep.