Cat reorganizes group presidents after customer/dealer support chief elects retirement

Updated Apr 18, 2018

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With Group President Rob Charter’s decision to retire in June, Caterpillar is announcing changes in responsibilities for two group presidents and the appointment of a new group president.

The company issued the following details in a news release:

Bob De Lange named group president of Customer and Dealer Support

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Caterpillar Group President Bob De Lange, current Construction Industries group president, will oversee Customer & Dealer Support, replacing Charter.

“During his 25-year career with Caterpillar, Bob has delivered excellent results in leadership positions across Europe, the United States and Asia,” says Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby. “Throughout his career, Bob has built strong relationships with our dealers while holding a range of product and marketing positions. His diverse experience working with our dealer network makes him ideally suited to lead the Customer & Dealer Support group for Caterpillar.”


Tom Pellette is the new group president of Construction Industries

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Caterpillar Group President Tom Pellette, currently the Energy and Transportation group president, will now lead Construction Industries, replacing De Lange

“Tom delivered strong results during a challenging time for the industry when previously leading our Construction Industries organization, and with Bob De Lange’s move, Tom is best positioned to resume the leadership role for Construction Industries,” Umpleby says.


Ramin Younessi named group president of Energy and Transportation

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Ramin Younessi will  lead Caterpillar’s Energy and Transportation group, replacing Pellette. Younessi is currently vice president of Caterpillar’s Industrial Power Systems Division.

“Ramin’s extensive leadership experience prior to joining Caterpillar, combined with his outstanding leadership of IPSD for the last five years, make him a valuable addition to the Executive Office,” Umpleby says.

Younessi joined Caterpillar in 2013, bringing more than 25 years of outside senior leadership experience. Previous executive responsibility included product development, quality, purchasing and product planning with Navistar, as well as product development and planning for Daimler AG’s commercial vehicle division. Younessi has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and master’s degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Maryland.

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Younessi’s replacement will be named soon.