|Ric Kleine Announces Plans to Retire from Cummins|
COLUMBUS, Ind. – After more than three decades of service to Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI), Richard (Ric) Kleine, Vice President - On-Highway Business, announced his plans to retire effective July 1.
“Ric has had an extraordinary impact on Cummins and the engineering industry as a whole and will be missed,” said Rich Freeland, President Cummins Engine Business and Vice President, Cummins Inc. “Ric leaves behind a legacy of customer focus, innovation and inspirational leadership. I wish Ric the best.”
Kleine joined Cummins in 1981 after working as a university professor. During his career at Cummins, he held various leadership positions in engineering and marketing, including leadership of the MidRange On-Highway Engine Business, MidRange Quality, the Off-Highway Business Group, Customer Engineering, EMEA Automotive Business, Product Planning and Research and Development.
In his executive leadership roles within Cummins, Kleine led regional and global business, engineering and quality roles. His international work included four years of residence in the United Kingdom when he led Cummins Europe/Middle East/African business. He has also been instrumental in the development of global application engineering capability around the world.
Outside of Cummins, Kleine has been highly involved in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International, a global association of engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. In 2011, he was elected by the membership to serve as President of the international organization. During his career Kleine was also awarded an SAE Fellow, the highest grade of membership which recognizes and honors long-term members who have made a significant impact on society's mobility technology.
Kleine has also worked cross-industry and provided valuable leadership in the development of in-use emissions testing standards and equipment selection. In this work Kleine served as the spokesperson for negotiations and developed consensus for the engine manufactures in discussions with EPA on the in-use emission test procedure development.
Kleine and his his wife, Peggy reside in Columbus and have two married daughters.
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