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Cummins president Rich Freeland to retire after 40 years service

By Simon Warburton | 22 August 2019

Cummins says its president and COO, Rich Freeland is to retire after forty years of service.

"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.

Freeland joined Cummins in 1979 as a second shift foreman in the Parts Distribution centre in Columbus, Indiana, the day after his graduation from Purdue University. Freeland spent his entire 40-year career with Cummins.

During his career, Freeland led three of Cummins' five business segments and he was responsible for all of Cummins' global operations as chief operating officer, a position he has held since 2014. Freeland will also resign from the board of directors of the company, effective 15 October, 2019.

Tony Satterthwaite, currently the Distribution Business president whose division employs around 16,000 people worldwide, will succeed Freeland as president and chief operating officer of Cummins. Satterthwaite joined Cummins in 1988 and has held leadership positions throughout the company's businesses 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 the US Environmental Protection Agency's current Tier-4 standards.

The business won major new military contracts, expanded the product footprint and invested in new technologies.

Tracy Embree will succeed Sattherthwaite as Distribution Business president. Embree has led the Components Business for five years, bringing the business to record sales and profitability. Under her leadership, the component product lines expanded to include transmissions. 

Jennifer Rumsey will succeed Embree as Components Business president. Rumsey has served in technical leadership roles since she joined Cummins in 2000 and currently serves as chief technical officer. Rumsey has held roles in engineering leadership, new product programme leadership, controls, aftertreatment technology, advanced engineering and quality. 

Jim Fier will succeed Rumsey as CTO. Fier has been with Cummins for more than 30 years.