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James W. Owens
James W. Owens
is an American economist and manufacturing executive. He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines. He held the positions from 1 February 2004 through 2010.

Contents

1 Biography

1.1 Early life 1.2 Career

2 References 3 External links

Biography[edit] Early life[edit] Owens, a native of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, graduated from North Carolina State University, in 1973 with a Ph.D. in economics. Career[edit] After joining the company in 1972 as a corporate economist, he has held numerous management positions. Owens was named chief economist of Caterpillar Overseas S.A. in Geneva, Switzerland
Switzerland
in 1975. From 1980 until 1987 he held managerial positions in Peoria in the Accounting and Product Source Planning Departments. In 1987, he became managing director of P.T. Natra Raya, Caterpillar's joint venture in Indonesia. He held that position until 1990, when he was elected a corporate vice president and named president of Solar Turbines Incorporated, a Caterpillar subsidiary in San Diego. In 1993 he came to Peoria as vice president and chief financial officer with administrative responsibility for the Corporate Services Division. In 1995, Owens was named a group president and member of Caterpillar’s Executive Office. Over the next nine years as a group president, Owens was at various times responsible for 13 of the company’s 25 divisions. In December 2003, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named Owens vice chairman and appointed him chairman and chief executive officer effective February 1, 2004. He is a director of the Institute for International Economics
Institute for International Economics
in Washington, DC, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations
Council on Foreign Relations
in New York City, and a director of FM Global Insurance Company in Rhode Island. Owens is a member of The Business Roundtable
Business Roundtable
in Washington, DC, and the Global Advisory Council to The Conference Board
The Conference Board
in New York. He is also a member of the Community Advisory Board of Saint Francis Medical Center and the Civic Federation Board in Peoria.[1] He is a member of the Executive Committee of The Business Council for 2011 and 2012.[2] Other directorships held by Owens include Alcoa, and International Business Machines. In August 2009 it was made known by an article in the Peoria Journal Star that Caterpillar was beginning to plan for Owens' retirement (he is nearing the Caterpillar mandatory retirement age of 65) and the transition to another chairman and CEO. On October 22, 2009 Caterpillar announced that Douglas R. Oberhelman
Douglas R. Oberhelman
would succeed Owens as CEO on July 1, 2010 and as Chairman on October 31, 2010.[3] References[edit]

^ Caterpillar: Home ^ The Business Council, Official website, Executive Committee Archived 2013-07-21 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Caterpillar Outlines Leadership Succession Plan; Board Names Doug Oberhelman Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Elect" (PDF). Caterpillar Inc.
Caterpillar Inc.
2009-10-22. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 

External links[edit]

Political Contributions of James W. Owens[permanent dead link]

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History of IBM Mergers and acquisitions Think (motto) Operating Systems

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Cell microprocessor Mainframe Personal Computer IBM
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Center for The Business of Government Cloud computing Global Services International subsidiaries jStart Kenexa Research The Weather Company
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Towers

1250 René-Lévesque, Montreal, QC One Atlantic Center, Atlanta, GA

Software Labs

Rome Software Lab Toronto Software Lab

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330 North Wabash, Chicago, IL Johannesburg Seattle

Research Labs

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Hakozaki Facility Yamato Facility

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Rochester Somers Office Complex

Initiatives

Academy of Technology Centers for Advanced Studies: CASCON Deep Thunder IBM
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Inventions

Automated teller machine Electronic keypunch Hard disk drive Floppy disk DRAM Relational model Selectric typewriter Financial swaps Universal Product Code Magnetic stripe card Sabre airline reservation system Scanning tunneling microscope

Terminology

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CEOs

Thomas J. Watson
Thomas J. Watson
(1914–1956) Thomas Watson Jr.
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(1956–1971) T. Vincent Learson
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(1971–1973) Frank T. Cary (1973–1981) John R. Opel (1981–1985) John Fellows Akers (1985–1993) Louis V. Gerstner Jr.
Louis V. Gerstner Jr.
(1993–2002) Samuel J. Palmisano
Samuel J. Palmisano
(2002–2011) Ginni Rometty
Ginni Rometty
(2012–present)

Board of directors

Alain Belda William R. Brody Kenneth Chenault Michael L. Eskew David Farr Shirley Ann Jackson Andrew N. Liveris James McNerney James W. Owens Samuel J. Palmisano Virginia M. Rometty Joan E. Spero Sidney Taurel Lorenzo Zambrano

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