February 19, 2013
Caterpillar Inc. (Cat) announced two changes in vice presidents. Tom Bluth, currently Cat vice president for the Earthmoving Division, will become vice president with responsibility for the Mining Products Division, part of Cat’s Resource Industries Group responsible for product strategy development, product design, and sourcing for the company’s mining business. Bluth will replace Luis de Leon, who has left the company.
“With important previous leadership assignments in China, Europe, and North America during his Caterpillar career, Tom brings significant product and operations experience to this position,” said Steve Wunning, Cat group president, Resource Industries. “Having led the Earthmoving Division since 2009, Tom has improved the market position and profitability for earthmoving machines and has consistently demonstrated the ability to improve product quality while developing and delivering products and services that are critical for the success of our customers around the world.”
In 2007, Bluth was first appointed a vice president with responsibility for Cat’s Asia Pacific Manufacturing Operations. In 2009, he was appointed a vice president with responsibility for the Earthmoving Division. Bluth joined Cat’s Legal Services Division in 1995 from private legal practice in Washington, D.C. He held positions within the Legal Services Division until 1998, and then moved to a series of broad-based business roles including marketing leadership positions in Latin America and North America. Previously, Bluth was worldwide medium wheel loader product manager and managing director of Caterpillar France.
Bluth holds a degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University, a MBA from the University of Chicago, and a law degree from Northwestern University.
Replacing Bluth, Caterpillar’s Board of Directors appointed Karl Weiss as vice president with responsibility for the Earthmoving Division.
“During his 20-year career with Cat, Karl has held positions with increasing levels of responsibility in the areas of product design, marketing, operations, and product management, including significant leadership positions in North America, Europe, and Asia,” said Ed Rapp, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Construction Industries. “His previous leadership and success in these global positions has given Karl the type of deep expertise and international experience that provides an ideal background for leading our Earthmoving business.”
Since 2009, Weiss has been the worldwide product manager for Cat’s medium wheel loaders. Previously, he was Asia regional product manager for both Cat and SEM wheel loaders based in Beijing. Weiss joined Caterpillar in 1992 as a design engineer in the Mining Vehicle Center in Decatur, Ill. He was then promoted to a number of engineering, product support, and product manager positions with increasing levels of responsibility.
Weiss holds a degree in agricultural engineering from Purdue University and a MBA from Northern Illinois University.
Both moves will be effective April 1, 2013.