Caterpillar confirms executive officer retirement

Caterpillar has announced that group’s president of customer & dealer support Rob Charter has chosen to retire from the 1 June 2018. The company expects to announce a replacement shortly.

Charter joined the company in 1989 as a development engineer in Melbourne and has worked in service training, machine sales and service, mining product support, manufacturing, construction, quarry and forestry. He was also district manager in Australia and then became product manager in Caterpillar’s Asia Pacific Division. Charter was appointed southern region manager in the company’s Latin American Division from 2005-2008 and then elected vice president of the Asia Pacific Distribution Services Division. He became a group president and a member of Caterpillar’s Executive Office in 2015.

Jim Umpleby, CEO of Caterpillar, said: “During his three decades with Caterpillar, Rob has built a reputation for his focus and unwavering commitment to helping our customers succeed. Rob’s global perspective – he’s held positions in Asia, Latin America, the United States and in his home country of Australia – is just one reason he’s a valuable member of our executive leadership team. Rob is also known within the company for his passion for developing and mentoring Caterpillar employees around the globe. We wish him a long and happy retirement.”

Charter said: “I’ve had an extraordinary career and am grateful for the opportunity to have served our customers for the past three decades. I’m honoured to have led some remarkable teams. And, over two-thirds of my time at Caterpillar was spent working alongside what I still believe is one of the company’s greatest competitive advantages – our dealer network. My wife, Tammy, and I look forward to returning home to Australia and spending more time with our family.”

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