William Ainsworth

William (Billy) Ainsworth is a senior vice president of Caterpillar Inc. with responsibility for the Rail Division.

Ainsworth is also the president and chief executive officer of Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company, a leading supplier to the railroad industry providing products, services and solutions that create value for customers.

Ainsworth started his career with a national scrap metal brokerage firm and held several positions with companies in that industry. In 1983, he founded Steel Processing Services, serving as its president and CEO. In 1993, Florida Progress purchased the operations of Steel Processing Services, along with two affiliated companies, and retained Ainsworth as president and CEO. In 2006, Caterpillar Inc. acquired Progress Rail Services, and Ainsworth was named a vice president of Caterpillar.

Ainsworth graduated from Auburn University in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.