She will replace Caterpillar Vice President Hans Haefeli, who is retiring effective April 30, 2014. After more than 15 years with Caterpillar, Hans Haefeli, vice president with responsibility for the Advanced Components & Systems Division (ACSD), has elected to retire to return to the United Kingdom.
Savage is currently a senior vice president and Chief Operating Officer of the Locomotive and Railcar Services business unit for Caterpillar subsidiary Progress Rail Services.
"Jean joined Progress Rail Services in 2002, bringing with her more than 20 years of outside business and military leadership experience,” said Steve Wunning, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Resource Industries. “In addition to her deep expertise in the rail business, her significant background in component manufacturing and engineering will serve her well as she leads ACSD.”
Savage joined Progress Rail Services in 2002 as vice president for Quality and Continuous Improvement. She also served as vice president of PRS' Freight Car Repair, Parts and Quality Divisions before her most recent position. Prior to joining PRS, she worked in a variety of manufacturing and engineering positions in her 14 years at Parker Hannifin Corp., a leader in motion and control technologies and systems. That was preceded by nine years in the Army Reserves as a military intelligence officer. Savage holds a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Dayton. She will assume her new position on April 1.