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The Executives’ Club of Chicago Names D. James Umpleby III of Caterpillar as 2019 International Executive of Year


Umpleby to deliver keynote address; will discuss Caterpillar’s strategy and financial performance, the company’s decision to move its headquarters to the Chicago area, and his nearly 40-year career at the Illinois company.

(March 21, 2019) -- The Executives’ Club of Chicago is thrilled to name Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caterpillar Inc., D. James Umpleby III, as the 2019 International Executive of the Year.

A luncheon will be held in his honor on May 15th, 2019 from 11:15am-1:15pm CDT. The event will be held at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park and will consist of a keynote address by Umpleby followed by a moderated Q&A exploring his career trajectory, Caterpillar’s history and its global footprint.

Each year, The Executives’ Club of Chicago honors one individual with the International Executive of the Year Award. This award recognizes an individual’s exemplary leadership and significant contributions and innovations to their company and to the global business community. Former honorees include executives from The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever and Northern Trust.

Umpleby joined Caterpillar as an associate engineer and has been with the company for nearly 40 years. He became president of Solar Turbines, a Caterpillar subsidiary based in San Diego, California, and a Caterpillar vice president in 2010. He led the company’s Energy and Transportation business segment as group president from 2013 to 2016. Umpleby became CEO of Caterpillar in 2017 and was elected chairman of Caterpillar’s board of directors in December of 2018. He serves on the board of the Chevron Corporation, the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum and the US-China Business Council. Umpleby is also a trustee of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and is a member of the Latin America Conservation Council and the Business Roundtable.

“I am honored to accept the International Executive of the Year award on behalf of the entire team at Caterpillar,” said Umpleby. “It is their drive, ingenuity and passion for serving our global customers that makes Caterpillar successful. I’m humbled to lead this great company.”

At the time of publication, further support for the International Executive of the Year Award is provided by Platinum Series Sponsor: KPMG LLP; Gold Sponsors: OptumRx and RHR International; Silver Sponsors: Root, Baker McKenzie, A.T. Kearney, U.S. Bank, and CIBC; and Media Sponsor: the Wall Street Journal.


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