Caterpillar makes key leadership changes

Caterpillar has appointed new leadership to its global mining divisions.

The changes follow the retirement of Doug Hoerr, vice president of the material handling and underground division (MH&U), after 24 years with the company.

Cat has appointed a new vice president for its earthmoving division, Frederic Istas, who is currently manager of its global aftermarket solutions division.

With more than 20 years’ experience at Cat, Istas brings strong product management leadership to the position, gained from previous roles he has held in the United States and Europe.

Cat has also announced changes in responsibilities for current Caterpillar vice presidents Tom Bluth, Jean Savage and Karl Weiss, effective August 1.

Bluth, who was first named a vice president in 2007 and is currently vice president of the surface mining and technology division (SM&T), will become Cat’s chief technology officer (CTO) and the vice president of the innovation and technology development division (ITDD).

Savage, who was first named a Cat vice president in 2014 and is currently the CTO and vice president of ITDD, will become the vice president of SM&T.

Weiss will become the vice president of MH&U, replacing Hoerr. In 2013, Weiss was named a Caterpillar vice president for the earthmoving division, the position he still holds today.

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