Cummins overhauls leadership as president, COO retires

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Updated Aug 22, 2019
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Cummins announced Wednesday that its President and COO, Rich Freeland, will retire after 40 years with the company.

As part of Cummins’ successions plans, the following leadership appointments are also taking place, all of which are effective October 15.

  • Distribution President Tony Satterthwaite will succeed Freeland as President and COO.
  • 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 will succeed Rumsey as Chief Technical Officer.

“I want to personally thank Rich for his many contributions to Cummins and his friendship and support over the 25 years I have known and worked with him,” said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc. “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. Equally impressive to me is that Rich has accomplished these things in an unassuming, humble manner. He has an unrelenting commitment to our core values and always makes the right decisions for our business, for our people and our communities. His positive impact is vast, and Rich will be missed by many, many people inside and outside of Cummins.”