Caterpillar announced that group presidents Stu Levenick and Steve Wunning, and vice president Steve Gosselin have elected to retire.
Levenick is a Caterpillar group president with responsibility for customer and dealer support. Wunning is group president with responsibility for resource industries. Both retirements will be effective in early 2015. Gosselin is vice president with responsibility for the customer services support division. Gosselin’s retirement will be effective Feb. 1, 2015.
Caterpillar’s board of directors has appointed current group president Ed Rapp as Wunning’s replacement. Tom Pellette, currently a Caterpillar vice president and president of Solar Turbines Inc., has been promoted and will replace Rapp as group president with responsibility for construction industries, and will be relocating from San Diego, Calif., to Peoria, Ill. Rob Charter, currently vice president with responsibility for the excavation division, has been promoted and will replace Levenick as group president with responsibility for customer and dealer support, relocating from Singapore to Peoria, Ill.
The board of directors has appointed George Taylor, currently general manager for Caterpillar’s global on-highway truck group, to replace Gosselin. Taylor’s appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Pablo Koziner, currently vice president with responsibility for the Americas distribution services division, has been appointed a Caterpillar vice president and the president of Solar Turbines. His new appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2015. Phil Kelliher will replace Koziner as vice president with responsibility for the Americas distribution services division, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Bob De Lange will replace Charter in Singapore, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Levenick joined Caterpillar as a sales and marketing development representative in 1977. After serving in various management positions in marketing, commercial management and product source planning, he became a division manager in 1989, regional manager for Cat Asia Pte. Ltd. based in Singapore in 1995 and general manager for company operations in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) based in Moscow in 1998. Prior to becoming a group president, he was based in Tokyo and served as vice president with responsibility for Caterpillar's Asia Pacific division and chairman of Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi Ltd. (SCM), formerly a Tokyo, Japan-based joint venture between Caterpillar and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., now Caterpillar Japan Ltd.
Since joining Caterpillar in 1973, Wunning has had assignments of increasing responsibility in manufacturing, quality, product support and logistics. As one of the first employees and leaders of Cat Logistics in 1987, Wunning capitalized on Caterpillar's expertise in logistics to provide services to other companies around the world. Wunning was named vice president of Cat Logistics in 1990 and president in 1994. In 1998, Wunning was named corporate vice president with responsibility for the logistics and product services division. In 2000, he became vice president with responsibility for Cat Logistics. In 2004, the Caterpillar board of directors named Wunning a group president.
Gosselin joined Caterpillar in 1979 as a parts and service sales trainee, and has has held numerous positions in product support, machine and engine businesses since. In 1994, he was named area manager, based in London, responsible for the machinery business in the Northwest quadrant of Europe. From 1998 to 2000, Gosselin served as the North American distribution manager for the engine products division. He was named regional manager for the North American commercial division (NACD) in 2000. In 2002, he was named vice president with responsibility for NACD with accountability for the company's North American dealer development and machine marketing. From 2006 to 2010, he served as president of Solar Turbines Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. In June 2010, he assumed his current position within Caterpillar customer and dealer support.