As it often does around this time of year, Caterpillar Inc. has announced additional organizational and executive changes. Earlier this week, Caterpillar added the chairman to CEO Jim Umpleby’s title.
This time Cat’s Services, Distribution and Digital segment is reorganizing. As a result, several current vice presidents are changing roles, and a new VP has been named. All moves are effective January 1, 2019.
New Structure for Services, Distribution and Digital (SD&D)
Caterpillar’s Services, Distribution and Digital (SD&D) segment is restructuring into three groups: Asia Pacific Distribution Services; Asia Pacific Distribution Services; and Europe, Africa and Middle East Distribution Services Division.
“By concentrating our distribution support into three distinct regions, we are better able to support our dealers and customers around the world,” said SD&D Group President Bob De Lange.
Raymond Chan, who was first named a vice president in 2015 and currently has responsibility for the Asia Pacific, CIS, Africa & Middle East Distribution Services Division, will now oversee the Asia Pacific Distribution Services Division.
Phil Kelliher will transition from the vice president of the Americas and Europe Distribution Services Division to the vice president of the Americas Distribution Services Division. Kelliher has been a Caterpillar vice president since 2015.
Nigel Lewis, currently vice president of Global Aftermarket Solutions Division, will now have responsibility for the Europe, Africa and Middle East Distribution Services Division. Lewis became a Caterpillar vice president in 2012.
New Leadership for Global Aftermarket Solutions Division
Current Global Construction & Infrastructure (GCI) Division Vice President Damien Giraud, who was named a vice president in 2017, will now lead the Global Aftermarket Solutions Division within SD&D.
New VP for Global Construction & Infrastructure Division (GCI)
Caterpillar’s board of directors has appointed Jason Conklin, currently industry region manager within GCI, to vice president of GCI.
“Jason brings nearly 20 years of progressive sales and product experience to this role and a strong background in building relationships with dealers and customers during assignments around the world. Combined with his ability to execute on strategic priorities, he is an excellent fit to lead GCI,” said Construction Industries Group President Tom Pellette.
Conklin joined Caterpillar as an intern in 1998 before moving into marketing and sales roles around the United States in various construction divisions. In 2012, he became the industry sales manager for the Building Construction Products Division. He moved to Switzerland in 2015 to become a product manager within Caterpillar’s Earthmoving Division before taking on his current role as industry region manager within GCI. Conklin holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.