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Caterpillar reshuffles the roles of its divisional vice presidents

by John Bambridge on Jul 2, 2017

Thomas Bluth was first named a Caterpillar VP in 2007.
Thomas Bluth was first named a Caterpillar VP in 2007.
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Alongside the retirement of Doeg Hoerr as Caterpillar VP for the material handling and underground division, and his replacement by VP Karl Weiss, two other VPs: Tom Bluth and Jean Savage, have swapped roles, in further changes effective 1 August, 2017.

Tom Bluth has become chief technology officer (CTO) and VP of the innovation and technology development division (ITDD), having previously been VP for the surface mining and technology Division (SM&T).

Jean Savage has become VP of SM&T, having previously been CTO and VP of the ITDD.

Bluth, who was first named a VP in 2007, and since joining Caterpillar in 1995, has held numerous positions, including as a corporate attorney, Latin America division manager, North America district manager, medium wheel loader product manager, and president and MD of Caterpillar France.

He was named VP for Asia Pacific in 2007, VP for earthmoving in 2009, VP for mining products in 2013, and VP for SM&T in 2016.

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

Savage was first named a VP in 2014 and was formerly a senior VP and CTO for Caterpillar’s rail subsidiary Progress Rail Services (PRS).

She joined PRS in 2002 as VP for quality and continuous improvement. She also served as VP of PRS’ freight car repair, parts and quality divisions prior to her most recent position.

Before PRS, she worked in both manufacturing and engineering positions over 14 years at Parker Hannifin Corporation, a leader in motion and control technologies and systems.

That was preceded by nine years in the Army Reserves as a military intelligence officer. Savage has a degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Cincinnati, USA, and a master’s in engineering management from the University of Dayton, USA.