Caterpillar on Monday said it is forming a new order-to-delivery organization to "drive sustained improvements in customer deliveries and operational efficiencies."
Caterpillar's Board of Directors has tapped Dave Bozeman to lead the new group.
Bozeman's new position, and other changes coinciding with the announcement, takes effect on May 1.
"In recent years, Six Sigma and [the Caterpillar Production System] have helped us achieve outstanding results in safety, quality and profitability across the company," CEO Doug Oberhelman said. "But in order to get to the next level of performance, we are bringing together the critical processes and support groups to further improve our manufacturing and supply chain capabilities worldwide.
"From the moment a customer signs a dealer purchase order, until the product arrives at their door, customers will experience a more responsive Caterpillar, driven by this new organization."
Bozeman, who currently is a Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Integrated Manufacturing Operations Division, will be a senior vice president with responsibility for the new Caterpillar Enterprise System Group. He will report to Oberhelman.
Under Bozeman's leadership, the new group will combine existing divisions and organizations from several functional areas within Caterpillar, including Global Purchasing, Manufacturing Logistics & Transportation, Caterpillar Production System, Lean Office and Process Transformation.
"For the last few years, Dave has been successfully leading one of the largest and most globally complex manufacturing divisions within Caterpillar," Oberhelman said in a news release. "Prior to joining Caterpillar, he held executive leadership positions in manufacturing and quality with Harley Davidson. These combined experiences position Dave to be the ideal leader for this new group.
"Having Dave as part of our executive office will allow all of us to work directly with him and his new team as we aggressively move to implement these improvements for our customers."
Caterpillar's board of directors has appointed Denise Johnson to replace Bozeman as vice president with responsibility for the Integrated Manufacturing Operations Division. Johnson currently is vice president with responsibility for the Diversified Products Division.