As Chief Financial Officer, Jean helped to lead the Company through several challenging periods, which included the implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley requirements. Most recently, Jean has served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins Foundation, where she helped rebuild and reinvigorate one of the Company’s most important business functions. Jean worked with Cummins leadership and the Board of Directors to establish a clear strategy and approach for Corporate Responsibility efforts. She has also overseen the largest increase in investment in communities around the globe.
In addition to her Cummins responsibilities, Jean has been very active in the community and has served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, The Mind Trust Board of Directors and the Central Indiana Transit Task Force. She recently received the Sablosky Mentor Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana.
Until their retirement on April 1, Jean Blackwell and Mark Gerstle will work with Mark Levett in transitioning responsibilities.
“Both Jean Blackwell and Mark Gerstle have demonstrated that great business leaders make great Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs leaders, and following that model, I am pleased that Mark Levett has agreed to take on his new role with Cummins,” said Linebarger.Mark Levett had early roles in Finance, Engineering, Service, OEM Sales and Product Management. He moved into a number of other key roles including General Manager South Pacific; Vice President – Industrial Business; Vice President – North American Field and Distribution; Vice President – Worldwide Industrial Business; and Vice President – Asia-Pacific; and Vice President - International. Since 1999, Mark has served as General Manager and Vice President – High Horsepower. During his time, the High Horsepower business has grown global revenue by nearly 600 percent and has become one of the most profitable parts of the Company.