Jim Umpleby became chief executive officer (CEO) of Caterpillar Inc. on January 1, 2017.
Umpleby joined Solar Turbines Incorporated in San Diego, California as an associate engineer in 1980. Solar Turbines is a wholly owned Caterpillar subsidiary and a leading manufacturer of industrial gas turbine systems.
Umpleby has held leadership positions in a variety of functions including engineering, manufacturing, marketing, sales and services. He was promoted to a vice-president of Solar Turbines in 1997 and led the Customer Services business. As a Solar Turbines vice-president he later led Solar’s Oil & Gas, Power Generation and Turbomachinery Products divisions. As general manager of global services for Caterpillar’s Product Support division, he launched Caterpillar’s Job Site Solutions business, which works with Caterpillar dealers to help machine customers maximize job site productivity.
In 2010, Umpleby was promoted to a Caterpillar vice president and president of Solar Turbines. In 2013, he joined Caterpillar’s executive office as a group president and led Caterpillar's energy and transportation businesses, which provide products and services to customers in a wide variety of markets, including oil & gas, power generation, marine, rail and industrial engines.
Umpleby graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, and also completed an executive leadership program at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a member of the Business Roundtable, serves on Rose-Hulman's board of trustees, the board of directors of the World Resources Institute and the U.S.-India Business Council.