More Changes At The Top For Cat

Posted on October 16, 2012

Following its announcement of two group presidents retiring and new responsibilities for another group president, Caterpillar Inc. announced a series of related changes at the vice president level, including the retirement of vice presidents Bill Springer and Gary Stampanato. 

After more than 39 years with Caterpillar, Bill Springer, vice president of the Diversified Products Division, has elected to retire. Springer’s retirement will be effective February 1, 2013. After 35 years with Caterpillar, Gary Stampanato, vice president of the Excavation Division, has elected to retire. Stampanato’s retirement will be effective February 1, 2013.

One of the changes involves Cat’s engine and technology operations with Gwenne Henricks and Tana Utley swapping roles. Henricks has been vice president of Cat’s UK-based Industrial Power Systems & Growth Markets Division since 2009. She will relocate to the U.S. as Caterpillar’s chief technology officer and vice president of the Product Development & Global Technology Division.

Utley is currently Caterpillar’s chief technology officer and vice president of the Product Development & Global Technology Division and will become the vice president of the Industrial Power Systems & Growth Markets Division. Utley will also assume the role of country manager for Caterpillar in the UK, where she will relocate. These changes will be effective January 1, 2013.

With Jim Umpleby becoming a Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Energy & Power Systems, Tom Pellette will replace Umpleby as a Caterpillar vice president and the president of Solar Turbines. Pellette has been with Solar Turbines for 19 years and is currently Solar Turbines vice president for customer services. Pellette joined Solar Turbines in 1993 as a sales engineer based in Belgium. Pellette will assume his new duties effective January 1, 2013.

The other changes start with Qihua Chen being named a Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for China Operations. Chen will also assume the role of country manager for Caterpillar in China. Chen will have responsibility for interface between Caterpillar and key Chinese government leaders, as well as representing the company on industry issues in China. In addition, Chen will continue as a member of the board of directors of Siwei, a Chinese underground coal mining equipment company recently acquired by Caterpillar. Chen will also have accountability for two of Caterpillar’s major construction machinery facilities in China, located in Xuzhou and Suzhou. He will assume his new position effective January 1, 2013. 

Following Stampanato’s retirement, Rob Charter, vice president of the Asia Pacific Distribution Division, will replace Stampanato at the Excavation Division.. Charter was first named a Caterpillar vice president in 2009. Charter joined Caterpillar in 1989 as a development engineer in Melbourne, Australia, his native country.

Next, Paolo Fellin, currently Caterpillar vice president for the EAME Distribution Division, becomes vice president of the newly created Construction Industries Sales & Marketing Division. The objective of the division will be to grow a large base of machinery population and to increase the company’s global leadership position for construction machinery. The new division will be located in Geneva, Switzerland, where Fellin is currently based and will report to Ed Rapp, who was recently announced as group president with responsibility for Construction Industries.

With Fellin’s new duties at the Construction Industries Sales & Marketing Division, Nigel Lewis will replace Fellin as vice president with responsibility for the EAME Distribution Division. Lewis joined Perkins, a wholly owned Caterpillar subsidiary, in 1998 as a pricing manager. Lewis will relocate to Geneva, Switzerland, for his new position, which will be effective January 1, 2013.

With Rob Charter moving to vice president of the Excavation Division, Jim Johnson will replace him as vice president with responsibility for the Asia Pacific Distribution Division. Johnson joined Caterpillar in 1977 as part of the engineering Co-op training program in East Peoria, Ill. Johnson will relocate to Singapore for his new position, which will be effective January 1, 2013.

With Springer’s retirement, Denise Johnson will replace him as vice president with responsibility for the Diversified Products Division. Johnson is currently the general manager of Caterpillar’s Specialty Products Business Unit, where she has responsibility for 17 facilities across the Americas, Europe and Asia. She joined Caterpillar in 2011 following a career with General Motors.

With Brad Halverson being appointed a Caterpillar group president and CFO, Julie Lagacy will replace Halverson as vice president with responsibility for the Finance Services Division. Lagacy has been with Caterpillar for 24 years and is currently the CFO for Caterpillar Global Mining.

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