Cat appoints new mining head

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Caterpillar has appointed Denise Johnson as the new head of its Resources Industries division.

It follows former group head Ed Rapp’s announcement of retirement.

Johnson steps up into the role from her current position of vice president of the Material Handling & Underground division.

She has been with Cat since 2011, when she joined as the general manager of the company’s Specialty Products unit, after 22 years at General Motors.

“Denise leads one of the largest and most complex businesses in the company; her division makes products primarily for the mining, waste and construction industries and employs about 8,000 people in 14 locations spanning four continents," Caterpillar chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman said. 

"She has successfully managed costs during the mining downturn and been deeply involved in restructuring within Resource Industries, all while gaining market position for multiple products in her portfolio. Denise has accomplished these business results while also delivering outstanding safety and quality metrics. 

“Above all, Denise is a leader inside and outside of Caterpillar. Whether she’s engaging with employees, strengthening relationships with key mining customers or serving as a strong role model to recruit more female engineers, Denise consistently excels.”

She officially steps into the role on April 1.