Caterpillar gets new CHRO


Cherly H. Johnson, who has two decades of experience in HR, will take charge from July 24.

Caterpillar Inc. has appointed Cherly H. Johnson as its new chief human resource officer (CHRO). She will assume charge with effect from July 24, 2017, and will be reporting to the CEO, Jim Umpleby. In her new role, she will also be part of the company’s executive office.

Johnson has over 20 years of experience in HR, and has served in various leadership positions, in this and many other functions.

In her last company, Textron, she worked for two decades in various capacities in HR, rising to the position of executive vice president-HR. She was also responsible for Textron’s corporate communications, corporate real estate, community affairs and aviation department.

Prior to joining Textron, Johnson worked in a range of functions including HR, marketing and sales in companies, such as IBM, Rockford and Sundstrand Corporation.

She is an MBA from Northern Illinois University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in operations management.  

Commenting on the appointment, Caterpillar CEO, Jim Umpleby said “In today’s highly competitive global marketplace, we have to attract and retain the best talent in order to better serve our customers. Cheryl is a proven executive leader, with a strong track record. She is joining Caterpillar as a member of our executive office. I’m confident Cheryl’s contributions will be significant as we work to profitably grow our company”.

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