April 1 will mark a day of change at Cummins. Jean Blackwell and Mark Gerstle will retire from the Company after many years of great service and dedication. Mark Levett will assume both of their responsibilities being named Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins Foundation.
“Jean and Mark have had an immeasurable impact on Cummins and were instrumental in the Company’s transformation over the past 10 years,” said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc. “Their leadership has also inspired many Cummins employees and greatly improved our communities. They have provided wise counsel to many Cummins leaders, passionately advocated for Cummins values, and consistently added insight and humor to our workplace. Along with many other Cummins people around the world, I am deeply grateful for all they have done for Cummins and for so many communities across the globe.”
Gerstle started his career with us in 1988 starting as an attorney. While he did a great job in the many roles he had within the Company, he ended his career giving back to the community serving as Vice President of Community Affairs.
Blackwell joined Cummins in 1997 after a career at a law firm in state government. She held a number of key roles within the Company including Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer. Her demeanor and leadership help solve some of the Company’s toughest challenges. She is leaving her current role as Executive Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins Foundation. Our Corporate Responsibility division has clear guide for future endeavors because of the work Blackwell did and has overseen the largest increase in investment in communities around the globe.
“Both Jean Blackwell and Mark Gerstle have demonstrated that great business leaders make great Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs leaders, and following that model, I am pleased that Mark Levett has agreed to take on his new role with Cummins,” said Linebarger.
Thanks to Mark Gerstle and Jean Blackwell for everything they did for our company!
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