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Changing Places

Cummins announced this week that engine business president Jim Kelly will leave current his role in March in order to lead a number of key cross-business strategic projects.

Rich Freeland was named the next president of the company's engine business. Freeland is currently president of the components business division. Anant Talaulicar will succeed Freeland as president of components business while continuing to serve in his current capacity as managing director of Cummins India.

Kelly joined Cummins in 1976 and was named to his current position in May 2005.

"Jim has been instrumental in the engine business' success and transformation over the last two decades and for nearly five years he has effectively led the business during a period of both record growth and the most difficult recession in decades," Cummins president and COO Tom Linebarger said in a statement.

"I am extremely pleased that he has decided to remain with Cummins awhile longer in order to help us tackle some important enterprise-wide initiatives," he added.

Kelly, who has been a Cummins vice president since 1993, has served as plant manager at two of Cummins' highest-profile manufacturing operations - the Jamestown, N.Y., and Columbus, Ind., engine plants - and has held leadership roles in virtually every segment of the engine business division.

Freeland joined Cummins in 1979 and has held a variety of operational and leadership roles in the engine, distribution and components businesses. He took over the components business in February 2008.

Under his leadership, the components business has improved its profitability, strengthened its processes and done an outstanding job of developing new products, especially those related to meeting the 2010 emissions regulations in the United States, the company said in a statement.

Prior to his role with the components business, Freeland ran the distribution business from 2005-2008. He also has held leadership roles in the PowerCare, fuel systems, purchasing and heavy duty operations organizations, and served as plant manager at the Columbus plant from 1996-2000.

Talaulicar joined Cummins in 1986 and has led Cummins' India operations since September 2004.

Talaulicar has held a number of leadership roles in power generation during his tenure at Cummins, serving as general manager of the commercial and consumer lines of business for the Americas. He also has worked in the corporate strategy group, and has held finance, manufacturing and general management roles in the engine business division.

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