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Alumnus Jim Umpleby Appointed Caterpillar Group President

October 16, 2012

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology alumnus Jim Umpleby has been elected a group president of Caterpillar Inc. with responsibility for the company's energy and power systems business. He will assume his new role effective January 1, 2013.


Jim Umpleby

Umpleby, a 1980 mechanical engineering alumnus, has spent the past two years as Caterpillar vice president and the president of Solar Turbines, which he joined in 1980. At Solar Turbines he has worked around the world in positions with increasing responsibilities in engineering, manufacturing, sales, and customer services.

"With more than 30 years of leadership experience with Solar Turbines and Caterpillar, Jim brings extensive knowledge and understanding of the global energy and power systems industry to our executive office," stated Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman in a corporate news release.  "Jim understands the highly complex and global nature of the customers we serve in the energy, rail, and power industries. As the leader of our Solar Turbines business, he has demonstrated results in a global business, serving customers in the oil and gas and power generation industries. Jim's deep expertise in these industries and his demonstrated success as the vice president for Solar Turbines make him an ideal leader for our Energy & Power Systems group."

Umpleby joined Solar Turbines as an associate engineer following graduation from Rose-Hulman. Over the course of the next decade with the company, he held a number of engineering and sales positions, including assignments in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 1994, he became the director of power systems operations and facility manager of Solar Turbine's Kearny Mesa gas turbine packaging facility. In 1997, he became a Solar Turbine vice president, with responsibility for customer services, and in 2000 was named vice president for Turbomachinery Products. In 2005, Umpleby assumed responsibilities as a general manager for global services for Caterpillar, a Peoria-based assignment in Caterpillar's Product Support Division. He was named Solar Turbine's vice president for oil and gas in 2007.

Umpleby received the Rose-Hulman Alumni Association's Career Achievement Award in 2000. He completed an executive leadership program at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1996. He is an executive committee member of the board of directors of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation.

With 2011 sales and revenues of $60.138 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives.