Karen Battin, controller for Cummins’ Power Generation Business since 2005, has been promoted to vice president and controller - Engine Business, effective April 1. Battin replaces Pat Ward, who recently was named Cummins’ chief financial officer.
Battin joined Cummins in 1998 as leader of the corporate accounting policy function and in 2000 became director - corporate accounting and consolidation. In 2001, she moved into the role of executive director - investor relations, representing Cummins to the investment community during a challenging time for the company.
In 2004, she assumed additional responsibility for corporate business analysis and planning and in 2005 she was named controller of the Power Generation Business.
“Karen’s financial expertise, along with the overall Cummins’ business and market knowledge she gained in her investor relations and Power Generation roles, provides her with the broad background needed for this position,” said Jim Kelly, president – Engine Business. “As our business continues to grow both domestically and in markets around the world, having excellent financial processes in place is critical to our success. Karen has the skills to build on the work already done in these areas, and I am confident she will help further refine our global financial capabilities.”
The company also selected Bruce Carver as vice president – chief information officer, succeeding Gail Farnsley, who left the company in February to take a position at Purdue University.
Carver, who will join Cummins on April 21, will report to Tom Linebarger, executive vice president and president – Power Generation. Carver joins Cummins from automotive parts maker Dana Holding Corp., where he has been vice president and CIO since September 2004.
“Bruce brings a great deal of IT leadership experience, much of it in automotive-related businesses, which will be invaluable to Cummins as we pursue our ambitious growth goals over the next several years,” Linebarger said. “Bruce has managed large, global IT organizations and has a track record of delivering solutions that support the business goals of the companies for which he has worked.”
At Cummins, Carver will be the top executive for the company’s global IT operation, and has been charged with helping the company generate and manage information in a way that drives business growth and profitability.
Based in Columbus, Ind., Cummins Inc., is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems.