COLUMBUS, Ind., Jan. 27, 2003 -- Cummins Inc. on Monday announced the appointment of Robert (Bob) Sonntag as Vice President - Worldwide Power Generation Operations. Sonntag will assume responsibility for strategy, capital planning and functional excellence for manufacturing operations within the Power Generation Business Unit.
Sonntag is currently Executive Director - New Product Introduction & Heavy Duty Consolidation in the Company's Engine Business Unit. He will transition to his new role in the Power Generation Business Unit during the first quarter 2003.
"I am very excited that Bob will be responsible for the worldwide manufacturing operations in our Power Generation unit," said Tim Solso, Cummins Chairman and CEO. "Bob has a track record of delivering results and will undoubtedly help us achieve our business objectives."
Sonntag, 45, is a 12-year Cummins veteran. He joined Cummins in 1990 as Operations Manager - Fuel Systems and Electronics remanufactruing in Juarez, Mexico. In 1994 he was promoted to Plant Manager - Fuel Systems and Electronics in Juarez. In 1995, Sonntag was named Plant Manager - Engine Remanufacturing in San Luis Potosi, Mexico where he led the consolidation of North American engine remanufacturing into San Luis. In 1997 he was promoted to General Manager - Diesel ReCon. In 2000, he was named as Plant Manager - Columbus Engine Plant. Since mid 2001, Sonntag has led the product launches of both the 11-liter and 15 liter 2002 emissions compliant products for the Heavy-Duty market.
Sonntag obtained his BS in Economics from the University of Missouri - Rolla and has his MBA in Operations Management from the University of Michigan. He and his wife Nancy have three children, a daughter and two sons: Ariel, Eric and Tyler.
"I am confident in Bob's ability to help Power Generation continue to deliver quality products to our customers, while enhancing our capabilities and aggressively driving manufacturing costs down," Solso said.
Cummins Inc. is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service electrical power generation systems, engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration and emission solutions.
Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins serves its customers through more than 500 company owned and independent distributor locations in 131 countries and territories. With 24,900 employees worldwide, Cummins reported sales of $5.7 billion in 2001. Cummins home page can be found at www.cummins.com.