November 3, 2015
On October 29, 2015, the German-American Heritage Foundation (GAHF) – America’s largest German ancestry organization – honored Doug Oberhelman as the 2015 Distinguished German-American of the Year™.
The award, which the GAHF has bestowed since 1987, provides national recognition for outstanding leadership, contributions and achievements by Americans of German-speaking ancestry in diverse areas of society, including business, science, politics, the arts and education. Previous honorees have included prominent German-Americans as former World Bank President Robert Zoellick, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker and retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf.
GAHF chose Oberhelman, whose German roots go back to the industrial region of Westphalia in northwestern Germany, because of his outstanding leadership of Caterpillar, an icon of American industry, where he has focused on managing through accelerated business cycles, implementing cost-efficiencies and expanding Lean manufacturing. He has renewed the company’s promise to focus on the customer first, and reinforced its dedication to quality, innovation and sustainability.
Oberhelman’s remarks on receiving award can be found here.