Dr. James W. Owens

Dr. James W. Owens

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Caterpillar Inc.

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Education
B.S., Robert Gordon University
M.S., Robert Gordon University
Ph.D., Robert Gordon University
Age
74
 

Dr. James W. Owens's Biography


Career Highlights and Qualifications: Mr. Owens served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caterpillar Inc., a leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel, and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines, from February 2004 through June 2010. He was Executive Chairman from June to October 2010, when he retired from the company. Mr. Owens served as Vice Chairman of Caterpillar from December 2003 to February 2004 and as Group President from 1995 to 2003, responsible at various times for 13 of the company's 25 divisions. Mr. Owens joined Caterpillar in 1972 as a corporate economist and was named chief economist of Caterpillar Overseas S.A. in Geneva, Switzerland in 1975. He held managerial positions in the Accounting and Product Source Planning Departments and then became managing director of Caterpillar's joint venture in Indonesia until 1990, when he was elected a Corporate Vice President and named President of Solar Turbines Incorporated, a Caterpillar subsidiary. He served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1993-1995. He was also former Chairman and Executive Committee member of the Business Council. Other Current Affiliations: Mr. Owens is the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of N.C. State University, and a board member of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Owens will retire from the IBM board of directors in April 2019. Previous Directorships: Alcoa Inc. (2005-2016); Caterpillar Inc. (2004-2010, as Chairman); Morgan Stanley (2011-May 2018). Attributes and Skills: Mr. Owens' previous leadership positions, including as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of a significant, complex global industrial company, bring to the Board proven business acumen, governance, and management experience, and economics expertise.

Source: Alcoa Corporation on 03/19/2019

 

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