Cummins President Rich Freeland to retire

Rich Freeland

Rich Freeland

Cummins president and chief operating officer Rich Freeland will retire in October. According to a company statement, Tony Satterthwaite, Cummins distribution president, will succeed Freeland. Cummins also announced other promotions as part of its succession plans.

Freeland joined Cummins in 1979 as a second shift foreman in the Parts Distribution Center in Columbus, Indiana, the day after his graduation from Purdue University. He spent his 40-year career with Cummins. Freeland headed three of Cummins’ business segments. He also became responsible for all of Cummins’ global operations when he was named chief operating officer in 2014.

“He is one of the most effective leaders in Cummins’ history because of his ability to connect with customers, develop our employees, and his deep understanding of nearly every element of our business,” said Tom Linebarger, Cummins chairman and CEO in the statement. “Equally impressive to me is that Rich has accomplished these things in an unassuming, humble manner.”

Linebarger added that Freeland will be “missed by many, many people inside and outside of Cummins.”

Satterthwaite joined Cummins in 1988. Before being distribution business president, Satterthwaite led Cummins Power Generation from 2008 to 2015. “Satterthwaite has a strong reputation for understanding the details of Cummins’ business at all levels,” said Linebarger. “He has lived for extensive periods in Asia, Europe, and the US and has visited nearly every one of Cummins’ locations.”

Components president Tracy Embree will succeed Satterthwaite as distribution business president. Chief technical officer Jennifer Rumsey will succeed Embree as components business president. Jim Fier, who has been with Cummins for more than 30 years, will succeed Rumsey as chief technical officer.


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