Caterpillar Inc. announced a series of organizational changes at the vice president level that include changes in responsibilities, a promotion and a retirement. All of the changes are effective Aug. 1.
Tom Bluth has been named Caterpillar’s chief technology officer and the vice president of Innovation & Technology Development Division (ITDD). Bluth was named vice president in 2007 and is currently vice president of the Surface Mining & Technology Division (SM&T).
Since joining Caterpillar in 1995, he has held numerous positions, including corporate attorney in the Legal Services Division, industry manager in the Latin America Commercial Division, district manager in the North America Commercial Division, worldwide wheel loader product manager and the managing director of Caterpillar France.
In 2007 he was named vice president of Asia Pacific Operations and two years later named vice president of the Earthmoving Division. In 2013 he moved to vice president of the Mining Products Division and later his responsibilities expanded to include leadership for mining sales and support.
Jean Savage will become vice president of SM&T. She was first named a Caterpillar vice president in 2014 and is currently the vice president of ITDD.
Savage was formerly senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Locomotive and Railcar Services business unit for Caterpillar subsidiary Progress Rail Services (PRS). Savage joined PRS in 2002 as vice president for Quality and Continuous Improvement. She also served as vice president of PRS’ Freight Car Repair, Parts and Quality Divisions before her most recent position. Prior to joining PRS, she worked in a variety of manufacturing and engineering positions in her 14 years at Parker Hannifin Corp. That was preceded by nine years in the Army Reserves as a military intelligence officer.
Karl Weiss was named vice president of the Material Handling & Underground Division, replacing Doug Hoerr, who is retiring from the company after 24 years. Weiss was named a Caterpillar vice president in 2013 for the Earthmoving Division.
Since joining the company in 1992, Weiss has had various assignments within product development at Caterpillar’s Illinois facilities in Decatur, Joliet and Aurora, primarily focused on large machine structural design. He was then transferred to Geneva, Switzerland, with Caterpillar Global Mining as an equipment management consultant serving mining customers and dealers in Europe and Africa. He then became the large wheel loader new product introduction manager in Aurora. Weiss then moved to Beijing, China, for four years where he served as the wheel loader product manager for the Asia Pacific Region. He then was named the worldwide product manager for medium wheel loaders in Aurora before being named Earthmoving vice president in 2013.
Frederic Istas, currently manager of the Global Aftermarket Solutions Division, has been promoted to replace Weiss as vice president of the Earthmoving Division.
Istas joined Caterpillar in 1996 as part of the Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) Marketing Division based in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2004, he was named district manager for the EAME Marketing Division and from 2008 to 2011 he was a global process owner in the Global Revenue Management Group based in Peoria. He was then named a regional product manager for the Excavation Division based in Europe.