Frake To Run Cat Marine & Petroleum
Caterpillar Inc. announced that Tom Frake has been named vice president, Marine & Petroleum Power Division, effective April 1, 2012. Richard Case, the current vice president with responsibility for the Marine & Petroleum, has elected to resign from the company to pursue other opportunities, Cat said. Case's departure will be effective May 1, 2012.
Frake began his career at Caterpillar in 1986, and has held a series of positions at Caterpillar locations in North America, Asia and South America. Frake is currently based in Singapore, where he is the worldwide product manager for hydraulic excavators. He will relocate to Hamburg, Germany, in his new role leading the Marine & Petroleum Power Division.
Frake joined Caterpillar in 1986 in the Marketing Training Program. In 1988, he moved to a marketing position in Hong Kong and then advanced into a series of other marketing positions in Asia over the next seven years. In 1995, he relocated to Singapore after being named a manager for the Hydraulic Excavator Division.
From there Frake was appointed district manager in Santiago, Chile, in 1999. In the early and mid 2000s, Frake held positions as a corporate accounts manager for the North American Commercial Division and as a product manager in the Track-Type Tractors Division. He has been the worldwide product manager for hydraulic excavators since 2007.
Frake has a B.S. in agricultural engineering from Purdue University and completed a Harvard University Advanced Management Program in 2004.