Cummins Components Group president Mills to retire

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Rick Mills, president of Cummins’ Components Group, will retire effective at the end of March 2008 after more than 36 years with Cummins Inc., the Columbus, Ind.-based company announced Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Rich Freeland, president of the Distribution Business, will assume Mills’ role as leader of the Components Group, while Pamela Carter, president of Cummins Filtration, a business within the Components Group, will become head of the Distribution Business. Carter’s successor will be named in the near future.

“Rick has been a mainstay of the Cummins organization for more than three decades,” says Tim Solso, Cummins chairman and chief executive officer. “We have counted on him for much, and have particularly valued his contributions in the area of leadership. It’s tough to say goodbye to someone like Rick, who has been such an important member of our management team.”

Mills, 60, served in a variety of financial roles before being named vice president and general manager of Atlas Inc., a former Cummins business that manufactured crankshafts, in 1988. He became president of Atlas in 1990 and was in that role for three years. He served as vice president of the Pacific Rim and Latin America operations for Cummins Filtration (formerly Fleetguard Inc.) before being named corporate controller in 1996. Mills was appointed head of the Filtration Business from 2000 to 2005, when he was tapped to lead the Components Group, which includes Cummins’ filtration, turbocharger, emissions solutions and fuel systems businesses.

Freeland, 50, joined Cummins in 1979 and served in a number of plant and parts distribution functions before being named manager of the Columbus Engine Plant in 1996 – a role he held for three years. He was named an officer in 1999, serving as vice president of heavy-duty operations and fuel systems. He became vice president and general manager of Cummins Distribution and parts business in 2004, and assumed the role of president of the Distribution Business in 2005. Freeland will assume his new role effective Feb. 1.

Carter, 58, had a distinguished legal and political career, including a term as attorney general for the State of Indiana, before joining Cummins in 1997. She was general counsel from 1997 to 2000 and has held leadership roles in the Cummins Filtration business for the last seven years. She was named president of Cummins Filtration in 2005. Carter will assume her new role effective Feb. 1.