Caterpillar has announced officer changes to further support its enterprise strategy, including an emphasis on its services. All changes are effective 1 May.
Tom Bluth, currently vice president of the innovation & technology development division (ITDD), will transition to vice president of legal aftermarket support. In his new role, Bluth will lead the legal teams responsible for intellectual property protection & enforcement as well as the legal purchasing centre of excellence. He joined the company as an attorney 24 years ago, has global product development and operations knowledge and has served as the company’s chief technology officer since 2017.
Karl Weiss, currently vice president of the material handling & underground division (MH&U), will now lead ITDD and serve as chief technology officer. Weiss has 30 years of experience in various roles around the world and brings product development experience. He previously served as vice president for the earthmoving division.
Rob Hoenes is to succeed Weiss as vice president of MH&U. He is currently part of the earthmoving division, serving as worldwide product manager for the medium track-type tractor product group. Hoenes began his career as an engineer and gained increasing responsibility in sales, product development, and dealer and customer interface. He has a deep understanding of markets through commercial experiences in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.