The Caterpillar Visitors Center (CVC) recently debuted a new "Leadership Moments" video in its Heritage Gallery of Glen Barton, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, in which he recounts his upbringing and career at Caterpillar.
"Our leaders' video memoirs hold such value to the CVC - they showcase all the opportunities within Caterpillar to the new generation while preserving the history of employees and retirees with 30 and 40 years plus experience," said Lee Fosburgh, Corporate Archivist who partnered in creating the video. "Glen Barton's recollections of his career really show the impact he made in his tenure and what it means to have 'yellow blood.'"
Barton, a native of Alton, Mo., graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Barton joined the company as a college graduate trainee in 1961 and held numerous marketing and general management positions throughout his 43-year career, prior to being elected chairman and chief executive officer in February 1999. In the video, Barton recalls a professor from the University of Missouri asking him where he was going to work. When Barton said "Caterpillar," his professor replied "Wow, that is one of the icons of the world - congratulations."
After two tours with Caterpillar Overseas S.A. in Geneva, Switzerland, where he served in various marketing capacities from 1964 to 1968 and from 1972 to 1975, Barton became manager for South American sales. In 1977, he became manager of Merchandising Division General Offices. He also completed the Stanford University Executive Program that year. Barton moved to Mentor, Ohio, in 1983 to become the U.S. sales and product support manager for the Industrial Lift Truck Division.
From 1984 to 1986, he was manager of Products Control, involved in product development and strategic planning. He was elected a vice president of Caterpillar and president of Solar Turbines Incorporated, a Caterpillar subsidiary in San Diego, Calif., in 1987. In 1989, he became executive vice president of Caterpillar in Peoria, Ill., with responsibility for worldwide marketing.
On July 1, 1990, Barton became group president with responsibility for the design, development and production of most of Caterpillar's extensive line of forest, agriculture, mining and construction equipment. His responsibilities also included marketing and sales operations in North America, South America, Latin America and Japan. On February 1, 1999, he was named chairman and chief executive officer. He retired from Caterpillar on January 31, 2004.