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Caterpillar Group President Jim Umpleby Named Rose-Hulman Trustee
July 14, 2014
Jim Umpleby, Group President of Caterpillar Inc., has joined Rose-Hulman’s Board of Trustees.
Umpleby leads Caterpillar’s energy and transportation business, which had sales of $20.2 billion in 2013, and includes the six divisions of Caterpillar that manufacture reciprocating engines, gas turbines, and locomotives. Caterpillar’s energy and transportation divisions serve a wide variety of industries, including oil and gas, marine, power generation, and rail.
Umpleby was named an executive officer of Caterpillar in early 2013, after serving as a Caterpillar vice president and president of Solar Turbines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar based in San Diego, since 2010.
Umpleby joined Solar Turbines in 1980 after graduating from Rose-Hulman with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, and customer services with Solar Turbines. Umpleby lived in Asia from 1984 to 1990 with assignments in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Umpleby was promoted to a Solar Turbines vice president in 1997 and led the company’s customer services business. He assumed the role of vice president for turbomachinery products in 2000, with responsibility for design engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain. Umpleby later led Solar Turbines power generation and oil/gas businesses, and also served as general manager of global services for Caterpillar’s product support division.
Umpleby completed an executive leadership program at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is on the board of directors of World Resources Institute and the U.S.-India Business Council.
Umpleby received the Rose-Hulman Alumni Association’s Career Achievement Award in 2000.
With 2013 sales and revenues of $55.6 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.