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Cummins Names New President, COO; New Engine Biz President (updated)

Posted on July 8, 2014

Cummins Inc. has announced a number of leadership changes, including a new president and chief operating officer, as well as a new Engine Business president.

Rich Freeland (left) will assume the role of president and chief operating officer for Cummins, reporting to Tom Linebarger, who will remain chairman and chief executive officer. In his new role, Freeland will focus on the company's daily operations.

Freeland has been the Engine Business president for Cummins since 2010 overseeing development, manufacturing, marketing and sales for the company's largest business unit.  During Freeland’s time leading the Engine Business, revenue grew from $6.4 billion in 2010 to over $10 billion in 2013.

Prior to taking the role of president of the Engine Business, Freeland was president of Components for Cummins. He joined Cummins in 1979 at the Cummins Parts Distribution Center in Columbus, Ind. He has held several other roles within the company including plant manager of the Diesel ReCon Plant in Memphis, Tenn.; plant manager of the Columbus Engine Plant in Columbus, Ind.; vice president and general manager of Engine Business Purchasing, Aftermarket and Fuel Systems Business and president of Distribution Business.

A native of Indiana, Freeland attended Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from the Krannert School of Management. In 1987, he earned an MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.

Dave Crompton (below) will succeed Freeland as president of the Engine Business. He has been in the Engine Business for over 25 years, most recently, led the Heavy Duty MidRange and Light Duty segment of that business. In that role, Crompton led the integration of the Heavy, Medium and Light Duty engine businesses into one global organization for the first time at Cummins.

Prior to leading the Heavy Duty MidRange and Light Duty Engine business, Crompton was vice president and general manager for MidRange. In that role, Crompton led the business through the highest investment cycle in new products and capacity expansion while also establishing new business segments and several new partnerships for Cummins.

Crompton has held a number of different roles in his 25 years at Cummins including functional roles in sales and marketing, strategy and planning, and supply chain management. He also served as a general manager for core market segments within Cummins such as the Recreational Marine Business earlier in his career.

Crompton also led the overall relationship with Komatsu, Cummins' largest off-highway partner, overseeing the portfolio of joint venture companies and commercial business across both Construction and Mining markets. He also led Cummins Chrysler business for several years before becoming an officer of the company in 2006 when he was appointed vice president and general manager of the MidRange business.

Crompton attended Williams College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He also holds an executive MBA from Duke University.

Succeeding Crompton as vice president -- Heavy Duty MidRange Light Duty (HMLD) is Srikanth Padmanabhan, who has served as president of Cummins Emission Solutions (CES) since 2008. During Padmanabhan's leadership at CES, which began in 2008, the business successfully met Euro 4, Euro 5, Euro 6, EPA 2007, EPA 2010, EPA 2013, Tier 4 interim and Tier4 final regulations and grew profitably, Cummins said. In addition, the business formed a joint venture in China to capture the rapid growth as well as entered the engineered components business of urea dosing systems including the integration of the Hilite acquisition.

Prior to his role at CES, Padmanabhan was the managing director of Cummins Generator Technologies, Stamford, England. Over the course of his 23-year career with Cummins, Padmanabhan has held a wide variety of leadership positions within the company, including country manager of Cummins Filtration Mexico, plant manager of the Cummins Filtration's largest plant in Cookeville, Tenn., and a number of manufacturing management roles within the Cummins Fuel Systems Business in Columbus, Ind.

Succeeding Padmanabhan at Cummins Emission Solutions is Amy Adams, who has been named as vice president and general manager. Adams has been general manager of the Global On-Highway business for CES since 2011. She joined Cummins in 1995 and has held various positions in business development, product management, market management and distribution management.

Earlier, Adams served as leader of the Southeast Asia Area Business Organization (ABO) and the NE/SE Asia Regional Distribution Organization (RDO). Subsequently, she served as Managing Director of the Greater Europe/CIS RDO, which included direct management of company-owned distributors as well as a channel management role for all distributors. During that time, Distribution Business Unit (DBU) sales doubled, driven both by market growth and the continuation of the distributor consolidation strategy.

In December 2008, Adams' role expanded to include Middle East and Africa distribution. In 2009, DBU added another entity, Cummins Ghana and she participated in the Africa strategy development and helped in the transition to the new Africa organization.

These are the latest in a series of changes to senior management that Cummins has announced over the last several months. In June, Jennifer Rumsey, vice president, Engineering for the Heavy-, Medium- and Light-Duty Engine Business, was named successor to Steve Charlton as vice president and chief technical officer - Engine Business. Charlton retired July 1.

Then in May, Cummins Inc. announced that Jeff Jones, vice president - North American Engine Business and Marketing Communications, was retiring June 30 and has since been succeeded by Amy Boerger, who previously was general manager - Field Sales and Support.

At the same time, Cummins also announced that Lori Thompson was assuming a new position as vice president - Engine Business Marketing, giving her responsibility for global marketing, marketing communications and emerging-growth opportunities. Her most recent position was vice president - Truck and Bus Engine Business.

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