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Today, after many years of extraordinary service to Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), both Jean Blackwell and Mark Gerstle are announcing their plans to retire from the Company on April 1. Effective Feb. 11, Mark Levett will assume the role of Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins Foundation.
“Jean and Mark have had an immeasurable impact on Cummins and were instrumental in the company’s transformation over the past 10 years,” said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc. “Their leadership has also inspired many Cummins employees and greatly improved our communities. They have provided wise counsel to many Cummins leaders, passionately advocated for Cummins values, and consistently added insight and humor to our workplace. Along with many other Cummins people around the world, I am deeply grateful for all they have done for Cummins and for so many communities across the globe.”
Mark Gerstle started his career at Cummins in 1988 as an attorney and eventually became Vice President-General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Mark went on to hold many other key business roles at Cummins including Vice President – Strategic Initiatives; Vice President – Operations, Filtration Business Unit; Vice President – Corporate/CBS Services and Corporate Quality; and Chief Risk Officer.
Most recently, Mark served as Vice President of Community Affairs where he worked to increase Cummins’ engagement in Columbus and the communities throughout Southern Indiana by creating and nurturing several public-private partnerships that support important education, training and mentoring initiatives.
Mark also led the effort to establish the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence and has been involved in the community through board positions for Ivy Tech Community College, the IUPUC Board of Advisors, the National Association of Manufacturers Institute, Conexus Indiana, the Columbus Economic Development Board, and the IU Public Policy Institute
Jean Blackwell joined Cummins in 1997 after a career at a law firm and in state government. Jean has held a number of key roles at Cummins including Vice President – General Counsel; Vice President – Human Resources; Vice President – Cummins Business Services; and Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer. Jean’s thoughtful leadership and people-centered approach helped find solutions to some of the Company’s toughest challenges.