Jim Umpleby is chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Caterpillar Inc.
Jim joined Solar Turbines, now a Caterpillar subsidiary, in 1980 as an associate engineer. In nearly 40 years at the company, he has gained extensive industry and international experience. Jim became president of Solar Turbines and a Caterpillar vice president in 2010. From 2013 to 2016, he led Caterpillar’s Energy & Transportation business segment as group president. Jim was named CEO of Caterpillar in 2017 and was elected chairman of Caterpillar’s board of directors in December of 2018.
As chairman and CEO, Jim leads a team of 104,000 employees in nearly 60 countries. He launched the company’s strategy to achieve profitable growth and is now overseeing its successful execution. The strategy’s main components are operational excellence, expanded offerings and services, which build on Caterpillar’s 94-year history of driving positive change on every continent.
With 2018 revenues of nearly $55 billion, the Deerfield, Illinois-based company is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Whether paving roads, mining essential commodities or extracting the fuels to satisfy global energy demand, customers use Caterpillar products, services and solutions to help build a better world.
Jim graduated from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He has completed an executive leadership program at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. He serves on the board of the Chevron Corporation, the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, the US-China Business Council and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Jim is also a trustee of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and is a member of Business Roundtable, the Latin America Conservation Council, the Business Council, and the National Petroleum Council.