Caterpillar Announces New Appointments, Retirement

By WEEK Reporter

Caterpillar Announces New Appointments, Retirement

October 14, 2011 Updated Oct 14, 2011 at 2:02 PM CDT

Caterpillar has announced several changes to various positions in the company, including new appointments and a retirement.

After 39 years of service with Caterpillar, Chris Schena, 62, officially announced his retirement Thursday.  

Schena served as a Caterpillar Vice President with responsibility for Europe and South America Operations.  

"Since joining Caterpillar, Chris has demonstrated outstanding business leadership skills with a proven record of delivering superior operational results while always maintaining a focus on developing people within his organizations," said Rich Lavin, Caterpillar Group President with responsibility for Construction Industries and Growth Markets. 

Lavin says Schena was known as a pioneer of lean manufacturing processes. 

Additionally, Caterpillar has announced the appointment of Mark Sweeney, 51, as the new Vice President with responsibility for Europe and South America Operations.  He will be replacing Schena on January 1, 2012.  

"With his engineering, marketing and operations background, and based on his outstanding leadership within FG Wilson and the Electric Power Division, Mark is an ideal fit for this new role," said Lavin.  

And, replacing Gary Stroup as Vice President with responsibility for the Large Power Systems and Growth Markets Division is Steve Fisher, 56, currently serving as Caterpillar Vice President with responsibility for the integration of Caterpillar and Bucyrus.   His new position will be effective beginning January 1, 2012.