Caterpillar Reassigns Corporate Responsibilities After Three VPs Announce Retirement

August 21, 2013

Three Caterpillar vice presidents—Steve Fisher, Steve Larson and Bill Rohner—will retire effective Feb. 1, 2014. The board of directors has appointed four new vice presidents and will shift the responsibilities of other vice presidents in the company. New hires and corporate changes will be effective Oct. 1, 2013.

Fisher, vice president of the Large Power Systems & Growth Markets Division, has been with Caterpillar since 1978.

Tana Utley, current vice president of the Industrial Power Systems & Growth Markets Division, will replace Fisher. The board has named Ramin Younessi, former Navistar group vice president, to replace Utley. 

Larson, vice president of the Parts Distribution & Diversified Products Division, joined the company in 1979.

Caterpillar will realign this division, integrating it into the Customer Services Support Division, led by Vice President Steve Gosselin. The new division will form a single global parts organization that will allow the company to focus on supporting customer requirements for product support. Caterpillar’s on-highway truck group will move from the Customer Services Support Division to become part of the Diversified Products Division.

Bill Finerty, currently vice president of Americas Distribution Services Division, will assume responsibilities for the newly realigned Diversified Products Division. Pablo Koziner, currently east region manager in the Americas Distribution Services Division, will replace Finerty as vice president of Americas Distribution Services Division.

Rohner, vice president of the Electric Power Division, joined Caterpillar in 1972. Steve Niehaus, retail general manager of the division, will replace Rohner.

Mike DeWalt, current corporate controller, has been appointed vice president of the new Strategic Services Division. The Strategic Services Division includes strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, economics, business risk management and competitive analysis. Jill Daugherty, current group CFO of the Energy & Power Systems Division, will replace DeWalt.