Pence Retiring At Cummins

By Mike Brezonick08 December 2017

Cummins Inc. has announced that Ed Pence, vice president, Strategic Initiatives, is retiring after 36 years with the company.  No successor has been named.

“Throughout Ed’s tenure, he was committed to excellence and success in all arenas – for our customers, our employees and our communities,” Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger and President and COO Rich Freeland said in a joint email to Cummins’ more than 55,000 employees.

“He consistently, and over many years, invested time, energy and care into developing and maintaining customer relationships. As a result of those relationships, we were able to navigate difficult times much better than some of our competitors.”

Pence, a native of Columbus, Ind., went to work for the Columbus-based company after graduating from Indiana University in 1981 and his tenure included a variety of leadership roles..

Pence began his career at Cummins in purchasing and later worked as an account manager before becoming the industrial sales manager for Cummins Diesel Australia. He next served as an account executive working with heavy-duty truck customers before becoming the leader of the High Horsepower Engine Business in 2012.

Most recently, Pence played a key role in restructuring at Cummins that led to High Horsepower’s merging with Cummins Power Generation to become Cummins Power Systems. He then joined Linebarger’s executive team and played a key role in laying the groundwork for the Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Joint Venture announced earlier this year.

“Sharing experiences and working with people who represent both our past and our future has been personally enriching as I have moved through the twilight of my career,” Pence said. “I am grateful for the friendships and life experiences. Thank you, Cummins, for more than 36 great years!” 

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