Penca to join Cummins as assistant to the president

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Andrew Penca, commissioner of Indiana Workforce Development, will join Cummins Dec. 3 as assistant to President Joe Loughrey, the Columbus, Ind.-based company announced Thursday, Nov. 29.

Penca’s duties will be split between Cummins project work and supporting Loughrey’s efforts as chairman of Conexus Indiana, a statewide advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative. Conexus’ primary goal is to attract and educate young people in the state as they pursue careers in advanced manufacturing and logistics.

Penca joined Indiana Workforce Development in early 2005 and has served as commissioner since October 2006. In his role with the state, Penca was instrumental in working with employers and state and local government officials to develop and implement programs and policies aimed at raising the education and skill levels of Indiana’s work force.

Penca also brings extensive auto-related experience to Cummins. He spent roughly six years at Honda R&D Americas Inc. in the advanced product planning and concept development department, where he served in roles ranging from research analyst to senior specialist. During his time with Honda, he led concept teams responsible for the development of the current Acura TL, Honda Element and Honda’s first ever pickup, the Ridgeline.