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Cummins engine VP Charlton to retire; Rumsey named

Indiana-based Cummins Inc. has announced that Steve Charlton, VP and Chief Technical Officer of the company’s engine business, plans to retire effective July 1, 2014.


Indiana-based Cummins Inc. has announced that Steve Charlton, VP and Chief Technical Officer of the company’s engine business, plans to retire effective July 1, 2014.

Jennifer Rumsey has been named VP of Engineering for the engine business, the company confirmed.

“In his more than 20 years with the company, Steve has provided invaluable technical expertise and leadership,” said Rich Freeland, president of the engine business and Cummins Inc. VP. “He has left a profound mark on our company, and his contributions will always be valued and remembered.”

Charlton joined Cummins in 1993 as the Director of Advanced Engineering, working on the early plans for the V-8 light-duty diesel engine. He became Executive Director, Research in 1999, and was named Executive Director, Advanced Engineering in 2001. In 2004, Charlton was appointed technical leader on the project to develop the Heavy Duty Engine products to meet the 2007 EPA emissions standards. He was named VP – Heavy Duty Engineering in 2008 and went on to become Vice President and CTO for the Engine Business in 2010, the role he holds today.

Prior to joining Cummins, Charlton worked as an engineer at the General Electric Co. in the United Kingdom and also taught engineering at Staffordshire University and the University of Bath. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Staffordshire University in the U.K. and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Aston.

Charlton was elected a fellow by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in 2005 and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in London in 2009. Charlton was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering from the University of Bath in recognition of his leadership in engine technology.

Rumsey, who joined Cummins in 2000, will focus on new opportunities for growth, including the launch of new platforms, continued development of existing platforms and improving product quality.

“Jennifer brings tremendous expertise, and has successfully worked across business units and regional boundaries, and she will no doubt continue to be successful in this role,” said Freeland. “Jennifer’s ability to deliver innovative products fit for different global markets that our customers depend on will be critical to the continued success of the Engine Business and Cummins as a whole.”

Rumsey most recently served as VP of Engineering for the Heavy-, Medium- and Light-Duty Engine Business. Prior to the creation of the combined Heavy-, Medium- and Light-Duty Engine Business, Rumsey led Heavy-Duty Engineering and played key roles on a number of significant projects and initiatives within the Engine Business.

Rumsey has also served in other roles for Cummins, including Quality Leader for Cummins Turbo Technologies and in Research & Technology Advanced Engineering, where she led the development of Tier 4 technologies and exhaust after treatment controls. Prior to joining Cummins, Rumsey worked at a fuel-cell startup company in Cambridge, Mass.

Rumsey received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering with highest honors from Purdue University in 1996 and a master of science in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998. Rumsey has received a number of awards, including the SAE International Association of Equipment Manufacturers Outstanding Young Engineer Award, and 40 Under 40 Up-and-Coming Purdue Alumni by the Purdue Alumnus.

About Cummins Inc.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide, and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.48 billion on sales of $17.3 billion in 2013. Press releases can be found online at cummins.com or cumminsengines.com. Follow Cummins on Twitter at http://twitter.com/cumminsengines and on YouTube at http://youtube.com/cumminsengines.


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