Thomas A. Pellette

Tom Pellette is a senior vice president of Caterpillar Inc. with responsibility for Solar Turbines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. This organization is a global leader in the design, manufacture and service of gas turbine systems and compressors for the oil and gas and power generation industries. He also serves as strategic advisor to the Caterpillar Executive Office.

Pellette is also president of Solar Turbines, based in San Diego, California.

Tom has held a range of sales, engineering and product support positions with increasing responsibility, including significant experience in leadership positions in Europe, Asia and the U.S. In 2012, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named Pellette a Caterpillar vice president and the president of Solar Turbines. In January 2015, he was named a Caterpillar group president for Construction Industries, group president for Energy & Transportation in January 2017 and resumed the group president role for Construction Industries in June 2018. Tom resumed responsibility as president of Solar Turbines in 2019. Prior to joining Caterpillar, Pellette worked for Tennessee Gas and Leybold Technologies.

Pellette, a native of Los Alamos, N.M., graduated in 1985 from Rice University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He is a member of the Rice University Engineering Advisory Board and is also a board member with the US Chamber of Commerce. Pellette also serves as Vice Chairman At-Large of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.