Cummins Inc. announced that president and chief operating officer Rich Freeland will retire after 40 years with the company, effective Oct. 15. Distribution president Tony Satterthwaite will succeed Freeland as president and COO.
Components president Tracy Embree will succeed Satterthwaite as Distribution Business president. Chief technical officer Jennifer Rumsey will succeed Embree as Components Business president, and Jim Fier will succeed Rumsey as CTO.
“I want to personally thank Rich for his many contributions to Cummins and his friendship and support over the 25 years I have known and worked with him,” said Cummins chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger. “He is one of the most effective leaders in Cummins history because of his ability to connect with customers, develop our employees, and his deep understanding of nearly every element of our business. Equally impressive to me is that Rich has accomplished these things in an unassuming, humble manner.”
Freeland joined Cummins in 1979 as a second shift foreman in the Parts Distribution Center in Columbus, Ind., the day after he graduated from Purdue University. Freeland spent his entire 40-year career with Cummins, where he led three of Cummins’ five business segments and was responsible for all of Cummins’ global operations as COO, a position he held since 2014. Freeland will also resign from the board of directors effective Oct. 15, 2019.
Satterthwaite, currently the Distribution Business president that employs about 16,000 people worldwide, joined Cummins in 1988 and has held leadership positions throughout the company’s business and operations. Prior to his current position, Satterthwaite led Cummins Power Generation from 2008 to 2015. Under his leadership, the Power Generation business unit engineered the power industry’s only full range of large stationary generator sets to meet current Tier 4 standards. The business won major new military contracts, expanded its product footprint and invested in new technologies.
Satterthwait has lived for extensive periods in Asia, Europe, and the United States and has visited nearly every one of Cummins’ locations.
Embree has led the Components Businses for five years, bring the business to record sales and profitability. Under her leadership, Cummins has grown market share around the world. Embree has held many leadership roles in different areas of the business.
Rumsey, succeeding Embry as Components Business president, has served in technical leadership roles since she joined the company in 2000. She has held roles in engineering leadership, new product program leadership, controls, after-treatment technology, advanced engineering and quality.
Fier will succeed Rumsey as chief technical officer after a more than 30-year career with Cummins. He is recognized as one of the most technically skilled and experienced engineers in the industry.