Following the announcement that Group President Rob Charter has elected to retire, Caterpillar Inc. recently announced changes in responsibilities for two group presidents and the appointment of a new group president.
Bob De Lange to Become Group President of Customer & Dealer Support
Caterpillar Group President Bob De Lange, current Construction Industries group president, will oversee Customer & Dealer Support, replacing Charter.
“During his 25-year career with Caterpillar, Bob has delivered excellent results in leadership positions across Europe, the United States and Asia,” said Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby. “Throughout his career, Bob has built strong relationships with our dealers while holding a range of product and marketing positions. His diverse experience working with our dealer network makes him ideally suited to lead the Customer & Dealer Support group for Caterpillar.”
Tom Pellette to Become Group President of Construction Industries
Caterpillar Group President Tom Pellette, current Energy & Transportation group president, will now lead Construction Industries, replacing De Lange.
“Tom delivered strong results during a challenging time for the industry when previously leading our Construction Industries organization, and with Bob De Lange’s move, Tom is best positioned to resume the leadership role for Construction Industries,” Umpleby said.
Ramin Younessi Appointed Group President of Energy & Transportation
Caterpillar’s board of directors has appointed Ramin Younessi a Caterpillar group president. Younessi will lead the company’s Energy & Transportation group, replacing Pellette. Younessi is currently vice president of Caterpillar’s Industrial Power Systems Division (IPSD).
“Ramin’s extensive leadership experience prior to joining Caterpillar, combined with his outstanding leadership of IPSD for the last five years, make him a valuable addition to the Executive Office,” Umpleby said.
Younessi joined Caterpillar in 2013, bringing more than 25 years of outside senior leadership experience. Previous executive responsibility included product development, quality, purchasing and product planning with Navistar, as well as product development and planning for Daimler AG’s commercial vehicle division. Younessi has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and master’s degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Maryland.
Younessi’s replacement will be named soon.
Following a distinguished career spanning nearly 30 years with the company, Caterpillar Inc. announced April 9 that Charter elected to retire. Since 2015, Charter has been a group president of Customer & Dealer Support (C&DS).
“During his three decades with Caterpillar, Rob has built a reputation for his focus and unwavering commitment to helping our customers succeed,” Umpleby said. “Rob’s global perspective – he’s held positions in Asia, Latin America, the United States and in his home country of Australia – is just one reason he’s a valuable member of our executive leadership team. Rob is also known within the company for his passion for developing and mentoring Caterpillar employees around the globe. We wish him a long and happy retirement.”
“I’ve had an extraordinary career and am grateful for the opportunity to have served our customers for the past three decades,” Charter said. “I’m honored to have led some remarkable teams. And, over two-thirds of my time at Caterpillar was spent working alongside what I still believe is one of the company’s greatest competitive advantages – our dealer network. My wife, Tammy, and I look forward to returning home to Australia and spending more time with our family.”
Charter joined Caterpillar in 1989 as a development engineer in Melbourne. Early in his career, he worked in service training, machine sales and service, mining product support, manufacturing, construction, quarry and forestry. Charter was also a district manager in Australia. Charter’s next leadership position was with the company’s Asia Pacific Division in Tokyo as product manager. In 2005, he was appointed southern region manager in Caterpillar’s Latin America Division, a position he held until 2008 when the the company board of directors named Charter vice president of the Asia Pacific Distribution Services Division. He held this position until January 2013 when he was appointed as vice president of the Excavation Division. He became a group president and a member of Caterpillar’s Executive Office in 2015. Charter holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ballarat University in Victoria, Australia, and has completed the Stanford University Executive Program.
All changes will be effective June 1.
SOURCE – Caterpillar Inc.