D. James Umpleby III
Chief Executive Officer, Caterpillar Inc.
Director since March 2018
Current Public Company Directorships: Caterpillar Inc.
Mr. Umpleby has been Chief Executive Officer of Caterpillar Inc., a leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel electric locomotives, since 2017. He was Group President from 2013 until 2016 with responsibility for Caterpillar’s energy and transportation business segment, and Vice President from 2010 to 2013. He joined Solar Turbines Incorporated in 1980 as an associate engineer. Solar Turbines became a wholly owned Caterpillar subsidiary in 1981.
Other Directorships and Memberships: Business Roundtable; Latin America Conservation Council; Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; U.S.– India Strategic Partnership Forum
Skills and Qualifications
Business Leadership / Operations: CEO of Caterpillar. More than three decades of experience in senior management and executive positions at Caterpillar Inc., including responsibility for engineering, manufacturing, marketing, sales and services.
Environmental Affairs: As CEO of Caterpillar Inc., oversees all aspects of Caterpillar’s environmental and sustainability policies and strategies, which include initiatives to address challenges like preventing waste, improving the quality and efficiency of operations, infrastructure development and access to energy, human health, and environmental safety. Serves as a member of the Latin America Conservation Council, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, a global conservation organization, and former director of the World Resources Institute, an international research nonprofit organization working to secure a sustainable future.
Finance: CEO of Fortune 500 company. Over a decade of financial responsibility and experience at Caterpillar Inc.
Global Business / International Affairs: Director and CEO of Fortune 500 company with extensive international operations. Served in assignments at Caterpillar in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from 1984 to 1990. Director of the U.S. – India Business Strategic Partnership Forum.
Science / Technology / Engineering: Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Has served in a variety of senior management and executive positions at Caterpillar Inc., requiring expertise in engineering and technology.
Updated: March 2018