Caterpillar Announces Officer Appointments

Feb 15, 2013, 10:00 ET from Caterpillar Inc.

PEORIA, Ill., Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) announced today the appointment of a new vice president and changes in responsibility for an existing vice president.

New responsibilities for Bluth

Caterpillar is moving Tom Bluth, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Earthmoving Division, to become vice president with responsibility for the Mining Products Division. The Mining Products Division is part of Caterpillar's Resource Industries Group and is responsible for product strategy development, product design and sourcing for Caterpillar's mining business. Bluth will replace Luis de Leon, whose departure from the company was previously announced.

"With important previous leadership assignments in China, Europe and North America during his Caterpillar career, Tom brings significant product and operations experience to this position. Having led the Earthmoving Division since 2009, Tom has improved the market position and profitability for earthmoving machines and has consistently demonstrated the ability to improve product quality while developing and delivering products and services that are critical for the success of our customers around the world," said Steve Wunning, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Resource Industries.

In 2007, Bluth was first appointed a vice president with responsibility for Caterpillar's Asia Pacific Manufacturing Operations. In 2009, Bluth was appointed a vice president with responsibility for the Earthmoving Division. Bluth joined Caterpillar's Legal Services Division in 1995 from private legal practice in Washington, D.C. He held positions within the Legal Services Division until 1998, and then moved to a series of broad-based business roles including marketing leadership positions in Latin America and North America. Previously, Bluth was worldwide medium wheel loader product manager and Managing Director of Caterpillar France. 

Bluth holds a degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University, a MBA from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Northwestern University.

Karl Weiss named Vice President

Caterpillar's Board of Directors has appointed Karl Weiss to replace Bluth as Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Earthmoving Division. 

"During his 20-year career with Caterpillar, Karl has held positions with increasing levels of responsibility in the areas of product design, marketing, operations and product management, including significant leadership positions in North America, Europe and Asia," said Ed Rapp, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Construction Industries. "His previous leadership and success in these global positions has given Karl the type of deep expertise and international experience that provides an ideal background for leading our Earthmoving business," Rapp added. 

Since 2009, Weiss has been the world wide product manager for Caterpillar's medium wheel loaders. Previously, he was Asia regional product manager for both Cat and SEM wheel loaders based in Beijing. Weiss joined Caterpillar in 1992 as a design engineer in Caterpillar's Mining Vehicle Center in Decatur, Illinois. Weiss was then promoted to a number of engineering, product support and product manager positions with increasing levels of responsibility.

Weiss holds a degree in agricultural engineering from Purdue University and a MBA from Northern Illinois University.

Both moves will be effective April 1, 2013.

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