Caterpillar Inc. Announces Executive Officer Retirements and Appointments

 

October 10, 2014

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Caterpillar Inc. Announces Executive Officer Retirements and Appointments
Group Presidents Stu Levenick and Steve Wunning to Retire, Group President Ed Rapp to Replace Wunning, Vice Presidents Rob Charter and Tom Pellette Appointed as Group Presidents

PEORIA, Ill.—Following long and distinguished careers with the company, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) announced today that Group Presidents Stu Levenick, 61, and Steve Wunning, 63, have elected to retire. Levenick is a Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Customer & Dealer Support. Wunning is group president with responsibility for Resource Industries. Both retirements will be effective in early 2015. Caterpillar also announced that its Board of Directors has appointed current Group President Ed Rapp, 57, as Wunning’s replacement. Tom Pellette, 51, currently a Caterpillar vice president and president of Solar Turbines Inc., has been promoted and will replace Rapp as group president with responsibility for Construction Industries, and will be relocating from San Diego, California, to Peoria, Illinois. Rob Charter, 51, currently vice president with responsibility for the Excavation Division, has been promoted and will replace Levenick as group president with responsibility for Customer & Dealer Support, relocating from Singapore to Peoria, Illinois.

“For the last 10 years, Stu and Steve have both provided critical leadership as part of Caterpillar’s Executive Office (EO), capping Caterpillar careers that together total nearly 80 years of service,” said Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman. “We will all miss their outstanding leadership, and both leave unique and lasting legacies within Caterpillar, as the company has transformed itself and dramatically expanded to serve new markets and industries over the course of their distinguished careers. In the coming years, I look forward to working with Rob, Tom and the rest of Caterpillar’s leadership team as we continue our drive toward improving performance, growing the company, focusing on the customer and delivering our strategic goals over the next several years,” Oberhelman added.

Stu Levenick Retirement

“Caterpillar’s independent dealer network is one of the company’s key competitive advantages, and I can’t think of anyone who has done more to strengthen and deepen the relationship between Caterpillar and its global dealer network than Stu,” Oberhelman said. “Most recently, as the architect of our Across the Table dealer transformation, his strategic leadership has been instrumental in ensuring that the alignment between Caterpillar and its dealers will only grow stronger. In addition, Stu was the key executive that drove our acquisition and integration of Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi, the former joint venture in Japan, that is now a fully integrated part of Caterpillar,” Oberhelman said.

Levenick joined Caterpillar as a sales and marketing development representative in 1977. After serving in various management positions in marketing, commercial management and product source planning, he became a division manager in 1989, regional manager for Cat Asia Pte. Ltd. based in Singapore in 1995 and general manager for company operations in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) based in Moscow in 1998.

Prior to becoming a group president, he was based in Tokyo and served as vice president with responsibility for Caterpillar's Asia Pacific Division and chairman of Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi Ltd. (SCM), formerly a Tokyo, Japan-based joint venture between Caterpillar and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., now Caterpillar Japan Ltd.

Levenick graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry and is a Sloan Fellow with a Master of Science degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is a member of the board of directors of Entergy Corporation, New Orleans, Louisiana; W. W. Grainger, Inc., Lake Forest, Illinois; executive board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and 2012 chairman of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Washington, D.C. He is also affiliated with the University of Illinois Foundation.

Steve Wunning Retirement

“In a Caterpillar career spanning 41 years of outstanding service, Steve played a crucial role in the development and success of Cat Logistics and our product support business,” said Oberhelman. “In addition, Steve’s executive leadership and long-term vision was critical to Caterpillar’s largest ever acquisition in 2011, the purchase of Bucyrus International. That acquisition positions Caterpillar with an unmatched industry-leading range of surface and underground mining products and solutions for global mining customers. It’s no secret the mining industry has gone through a tough period the last couple years. In the face of that challenging environment, Steve has provided outstanding leadership and guidance for our global mining employees, dealers and customers, and his acute focus on cost management will have us ready for the mining upturn,” Oberhelman added.

Since joining Caterpillar in 1973, Wunning has had assignments of increasing responsibility in manufacturing, quality, product support and logistics. As one of the first employees and leaders of Cat Logistics in 1987, Steve capitalized on Caterpillar's expertise in logistics to provide services to other companies around the world. Steve was named vice president of Cat Logistics in 1990 and president in 1994, ushering in a period of unprecedented growth for the business. In 1998, Wunning was named corporate vice president with responsibility for the Logistics and Product Services Division. In 2000, he became vice president with responsibility for Cat Logistics, which combined all of the internal Caterpillar and external client logistics operations into a single unit. In 2004, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named Wunning a group president.

Wunning has a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri Rolla - now Missouri University of Science and Technology - and an Executive MBA from the University of Illinois. Wunning serves on the following boards: Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, Black & Veatch Holding Company, Kennametal Inc., American Red Cross, National Mining Association and Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Ed Rapp Becomes Group President with responsibility for Resource Industries

Caterpillar’s Board of Directors has approved changes in responsibility for Group President Ed Rapp, who currently oversees Construction Industries. Rapp will replace Wunning as group president with responsibility for Resource Industries, effective January 1, 2015. He will relocate from Singapore to Peoria.

“Ed has led the reinvigoration around the world of our construction business, which has resulted in improved profitability and performance in recent years,” said Oberhelman. “He’s also provided outstanding leadership in developing a strong core of local leaders across the Asia Pacific region, setting the stage for our future growth and success in that part of the world.”

Rapp has been a member of Caterpillar’s executive office since 2007, and he served as group president and CFO from mid-2010 until 2013 when he assumed his current role as group president with responsibility for Construction Industries. He was named a Caterpillar vice president in 2000, serving as the head of the EAME Marketing Division until 2004 when he was named vice president with responsibility for the Building Construction Products Division.

Rapp joined Caterpillar as a pricing analyst in 1979. Over the next several years, he held positions with increasing responsibility related to pricing, production scheduling, marketing, dealer development, manufacturing and product development. In the 1990s, he held positions as a district manager in San Francisco, the area manager in Johannesburg, South Africa, and then held several senior positions in Geneva, Switzerland, before being named vice president with responsibility for EAME Marketing in 2000.

Rapp has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a graduate of the University of Illinois Executive Development program.

He is a member of the board of directors of Abbvie, FMGlobal and Junior Achievement USA. Rapp is also a member of the University of Missouri College of Business Strategic Development Board.

Rob Charter Appointed as Group President

Caterpillar’s Board of Directors has elected Rob Charter, currently a Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Excavation Division, as group president with responsibility for Customer & Dealer Support, replacing Levenick. The move will be effective January 1, 2015.

“Rob brings deep knowledge and experience working with our dealer network and is known within the company for his intense focus on helping Caterpillar customers be more successful with our products and services than they can be with any competitive offering,” Oberhelman said. “This focus on customer satisfaction, combined with Rob’s extensive global experience – much of that in leadership positions – over the last 25 years makes him ideally suited for this new role.”

Charter, a native of Adelaide, Australia, joined Caterpillar in 1989 as a development engineer in Melbourne. He has vast experience working closely with Caterpillar dealers, including those in Australia, Asia and Latin America. His diverse experience also includes product management, most notably his role as product manager in Tokyo, as well as service training, machine sales and service, mining product support, manufacturing, construction, quarry and forestry. In 2005, he was appointed southern region manager in Caterpillar’s Latin America Division, a position he held until 2008. In 2008, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named Charter to vice president with responsibility for the Asia Pacific Distribution Services Division. He held this position until January 2013 when he was appointed as vice president with responsibility for the Excavation Division.

Charter holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ballarat University in Victoria, Australia, and has completed the Stanford University Executive Program.

Tom Pellette Appointed as Group President

Caterpillar’s Board of Directors has elected Tom Pellette, currently a Caterpillar vice president and the president of Solar Turbines Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., as group president with responsibility for Construction Industries, replacing Rapp. His move will be effective January 1, 2015.

“During his more than two decades with Solar, Tom has held senior leadership positions in Asia, Europe and North America, with half of his Caterpillar career spent outside of the United States. His demonstrated global perspective, drive for accountability and uncompromising product quality standards, combined with a strong customer focus will position him well to serve our construction business,” Oberhelman said.

Since joining Solar in 1993, Pellette 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. Prior to joining Solar, Pellette worked for Tennessee Gas and Leybold Technologies.

In 2012, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named Pellette a Caterpillar vice president and the president of Solar Turbines. Pellette, a native of Los Alamos, N.M., graduated in 1985 from Rice University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

Pellette will join the other members of the EO based in the company’s headquarters in Peoria, Illinois.

“Over the last several years, Caterpillar based an EO member in Asia to intensify our focus on the region. We have three vice presidents in-region and a very strong senior local leadership team across Asia Pacific,” said Oberhelman. “They will continue to build on the great progress we have made in building out our business model in China, fully integrating Cat Japan and building on our market position in the region," Oberhelman said.

 

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