Rob L. Hoenes is a senior vice president of Caterpillar Inc., responsible for the Resource Industries Operations & Products division, which consists of over 12 product lines, nine global manufacturing facilities, and approximately 10,000 employees. The division has responsibility for articulated trucks, draglines, electric rope shovels, hydraulic mining shovels, large mining trucks, large track-type tractors, large wheel loaders, longwall mining systems, surface rock drills, off-highway trucks, underground hard rock vehicles, and wheel-tractor scrapers.
Hoenes joined Caterpillar in 1990 and spent his first four years in engineering. Next, he gained 15 years of experience in various roles within sales and marketing located in North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. From there, Hoenes spent ten years in product management, including leading product groups for medium wheel loaders, SEM, and large dozers in Illinois and China. Most recently, he was the worldwide product manager for medium tractor products.
In May 2019, the Caterpillar board of directors appointed Hoenes as vice president of the Material Handling & Underground Division based in East Peoria, Illinois. In April 2020, he was named to his current role.
Hoenes, a Missouri native, graduated from the University of Missouri in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.