Cummins Names Freeland New President/COO, Crompton Heading Engine Business
July 08, 2014
Truck engine maker Cummins announced two key leadership changes on Tuesday.
Rich Freeland will assume the role of president and chief operating officer, reporting to Tom Linebarger, who will remain chairman and chief executive officer.
In his new role, Freeland will focus on the company's daily operations, including making sure the company meets its financial, customer and operating commitments, according to Cummins.
Freeland has been the engine business president for Cummins since 2010 overseeing development, manufacturing, marketing and sales for the company's largest business unit.
"Rich has a deep understanding of Cummins' business, people, customers, and markets, which will be invaluable in his new role," said Linebarger. "As someone who has been with Cummins since 1979, and has successfully led three of our four business units over the years, Rich knows what it takes to be dependable every time for our customers across the globe."
Prior to taking the role of president of the engine business, Freeland was president of components for Cummins and has held several other roles with the company.
Rich Freeland at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Photo: Evan Lockridge
A native of Indiana, Freeland attended Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in industrial management from the Krannert School of Management. In 1987, he earned an MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.
Dave Crompton will succeed Freeland as president of the engine business.
Cummins said it credits Crompton as being a major force driving transformation and growth in the engine business through a variety of roles he has held. Most recently, he led the heavy-duty mid-range and light-duty segment of the engine business.
"During both good and challenging economic times, Dave has successfully developed and led teams that continuously improved the products, processes and services that our customers depend on for their success," said Linebarger.
Prior to leading the heavy duty mid-range and light-duty engine business, Crompton was vice president and general manager for mid-range and has held a number of different roles in his 25 years at Cummins.
Crompton attended Williams College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He also holds an executive MBA from Duke University.