PEORIA, Ill., Sept. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a distinguished career in which he built and strengthened Caterpillar's Global Mining business, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) today announced the retirement of Chris Curfman, vice president with responsibility for the Mining Sales & Support Division. Curfman's retirement will be effective December 31, 2015.
"Chris leaves a lasting, customer-focused legacy at Caterpillar that is unrivaled and likely to be unmatched," said Ed Rapp, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Resource Industries. "Chris built incredibly close customer relationships and has been critical to our success in the mining industry. Under Chris' leadership we have established a global leadership position."
As a young man, prior to joining Caterpillar, Curfman operated Caterpillar construction machinery. He then worked for several years as a sales coordinator for Wallace Machinery, a Cat dealer in California, before a 15-year career at Deere & Company. Curfman joined Caterpillar in 1994, serving as the rental and used equipment manager for North America. In 1999, Curfman became the managing director of Caterpillar of Australia Ltd., based in Melbourne. In 2001, he became managing director of marketing for Caterpillar's Asia Pacific Division at its headquarters in Singapore. In 2004, Curfman became vice president of the Global Mining Division.
"While Chris is primarily known for his role in leading our mining business, he also laid the foundation for our entry into rental services and integrated our sales and marketing organization during his time in Asia. With his retirement from Caterpillar, it will mark the end of a remarkable run of more than 60 years of values-based Curfman leadership at the company, as Chris' father was a long-time and well respected leader with Caterpillar until his retirement in 1990 after more than 40 years with the company," Rapp added.
For 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2014 sales and revenues of $55.184 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.
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