Caterpillar shuffles executive officers

Changes become effective June 1, 2018.

April 13, 2018
Edited by DeAnne Toto



Following the announcement that Caterpillar Inc. Group President Rob Charter has elected to retire, the Deerfield, Illinois-based company has announced changes in responsibilities for two group presidents and the appointment of a new group president. All changes are effective June 1, 2018.

Bob De Lange has been named group president of Customer & Dealer Support. He is currently the construction industries group president but will replace Charter.    

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“During his 25-year career with Caterpillar, Bob has delivered excellent results in leadership positions across Europe, the United States and Asia,” says Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby. “Throughout his career, Bob has built strong relationships with our dealers while holding a range of product and marketing positions. His diverse experience working with our dealer network makes him ideally suited to lead the Customer & Dealer Support group for Caterpillar.”

Tom Pellette, the current Energy & Transportation group president, has been named group president of Construction Industries. He replaces De Lange.

“Tom delivered strong results during a challenging time for the industry when previously leading our Construction Industries organization, and with Bob De Lange’s move, Tom is best positioned to resume the leadership role for Construction Industries,” Umpleby says.

Ramin Younessi has been appointed Group President of Energy & Transportation by Caterpillar’s board.   Younessi is currently vice president of Caterpillar’s Industrial Power Systems Division (IPSD) and replaces Pellette.

“Ramin’s extensive leadership experience prior to joining Caterpillar, combined with his outstanding leadership of IPSD for the last five years, make him a valuable addition to the executive office,” Umpleby says.


Younessi joined Caterpillar in 2013, bringing more than 25 years of outside senior leadership experience. Previous executive responsibility included product development, quality, purchasing and product planning with Navistar, as well as product development and planning for Daimler AG’s commercial vehicle division. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and master’s degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Maryland. 

Younessi's replacement will be named soon, according to the company.