Glen Barton, former Caterpillar Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), died today in Peoria, Illinois, at age 77. Barton retired in 2004 after nearly 43 years of Caterpillar service, spending the last five as Chairman and CEO.
"The Caterpillar family is extremely saddened by Glen's passing," said Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman. "Glen's legacy of leadership extends far beyond Caterpillar’s walls. His commitment to Peoria and our communities was remarkable. I'll start with his Caterpillar leadership. He rose through the Caterpillar ranks, starting in 1961 as a college graduate trainee. Under his leadership, Caterpillar fully embraced 6 Sigma. It brought remarkable improvements throughout the company, including an intense focus on quality and safety. We continue that focus today, and 6 Sigma remains our foundation for continuous improvement. We are forever indebted to him for his commitment to making Caterpillar a stronger company.
"And just as important is his unprecedented generosity to the Peoria area. Glen's dedication and hard work will continue to leave a positive impact for many, many future generations. Together with his wife Polly, Glen was the epitome of philanthropic leaders. He was the driving force behind Quest Charter Academy and a tireless leader and supporter of the Peoria Zoo, the Peoria Playhouse, WTVP and Illinois Central College. Our deepest condolences are extended to Polly and the entire Barton family."
In the video to the right, hear Glen's Caterpillar story told in his own words.