Denise C. Johnson

Jan. 19, 2016

Denise C. Johnson (BS MECH EGR ’89), currently vice president with responsibility for the Material Handling & Underground Division at Caterpillar Inc., is the new Group President of Resources Industries, it was announced Jan. 19, 2016. Her move is effective April 1, 2016.

Denise C. Johnson
Denise C. Johnson

“Denise leads one of the largest and most complex businesses in the company; her division makes products primarily for the mining, waste and construction industries and employs about 8,000 people in 14 locations spanning four continents. She has successfully managed costs during the mining downturn and been deeply involved in restructuring within Resource Industries, all while gaining market position for multiple products in her portfolio. Denise has accomplished these business results while also delivering outstanding safety and quality metrics,” said Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman. “Above all, Denise is a leader inside and outside of Caterpillar. Whether she’s engaging with employees, strengthening relationships with key mining customers or serving as a strong role model to recruit more female engineers, Denise consistently excels.”

Johnson joined Caterpillar in 2011 as the general manager of Caterpillar’s Specialty Products business unit, where she had responsibility for nearly 20 facilities around the world. She came to Caterpillar after a 22-year career with General Motors, where she built deep expertise in operations and product management in a series of positions in the United States, Canada, and Brazil. A year later, she was elected vice president of the Diversified Products Division with responsibility for industries including forestry, paving and on-highway trucks.

In 2013, she became vice president of the Integrated Manufacturing Operations Division overseeing major operations in Caterpillar’s largest division at the time. She was named to her current role in 2014.

Johnson graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1989. She earned dual master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She is a member of numerous outside boards including The Mosaic Company. 

Story courtesy of IM International Mining: