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Alumnus Rod Schrader Becomes CEO/Vice Chair of Komatsu America

February 29, 2012

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology civil engineering alumnus Rod Schrader is the new Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Komatsu America Corp.  The U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd. is the world's second largest manufacturer and supplier of construction, mining and compact construction equipment.

      Rod Schrader
  Rod Schrader

Schrader, a 25-year veteran of Komatsu America, replaces Dave Grzelak, who will remain chairman of Komatsu America until the end of June 2013.

"Rod has been an invaluable member of the Komatsu team for the past 25 years and has consistently delivered excellent results both in sales and customer satisfaction," stated Grzelak in a corporate press release.  "I am privileged to have been a part of the Komatsu America leadership team and retire as CEO knowing that the company is in excellent hands."

Prior to being named CEO, Schrader was executive vice president and general manager of Komatsu America Corporation's mining division.  He began his career with the company in 1987 and held positions in varied areas within Komatsu, including product manager and manager of large equipment sales, director of marketing, vice-president of product marketing and president of Komatsu Utility Corporation.  He was appointed as a Komatsu America Corp. board member in 2010.

"I am very honored that the board has selected me to lead Komatsu America Corp.," stated Schrader in the news release.  "By building on the success the company has had under Dave's excellent leadership, I intend to continue to implement our strategy and take advantage of the growing market opportunities for Komatsu."

Schrader is a 1984 Rose-Hulman alumnus who was inducted into the college's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.  He ranks third on the football program's career rushing list with 2,510 yards, holds the single-season rushing record with 1,228 yards in his senior season (1983), was an honorable mention All-American in 1983 and was a two-time football team Most Valuable Player.  He received the Ruel Fox Burns Blanket Award as Rose-Hulman's top graduating athlete in 1984.

After graduating from Rose-Hulman, Schrader went on to earn a master's degree in business administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.  He now lives in Peoria, Ill., and serves as a board member for Junior Achievement of Central Illinois.

Komatsu America Corp. ( also serves the forklift and forestry markets.  Through its distributor network, Komatsu offers a state-of-the-art parts and service program to support the equipment.  Komatsu has proudly been providing high-quality reliable products for nearly a century.