Cummins Reveals Leadership Changes

Four individuals have moved into vice president roles throughout the company...

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced the appointment of four leaders to the role of vice president, effective March 1 – Ricardo Roman, Michelle Probst, Gbile Adewunmi and Matt McQueen, in addition to Ashwath Ram, who was appointed vice president in January.

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“These leaders each demonstrate, a commitment to making a positive impact on our company, our customers and our people,” said Jennifer Rumsey, chair and CEO, Cummins Inc. “These leaders are experts in their fields and are fiercely committed to the Cummins culture. I am confident that, as we evolve and continue to drive our Destination Zero strategy forward, these leaders will help us position Cummins for even greater success in the future.”

Ricardo Roman – Vice President, Components Finance

Roman stepped into the role of controller for the Components Business Unit in 2022. He not only helped with the successful acquisition and integration of Jacobs Vehicle Systems and Meritor, the largest acquisition in Cummins’ history, but also played a key role in evolving the Components product portfolio for the future.

During his more than 23 years at Cummins, Roman has built a reputation as a true business partner with a commitment to teamwork, accountability, analytical thinking and financial excellence, the company stated. He has built an extensive knowledge of Cummins’ businesses and processes through his finance leadership in the Engine Business, Aftermarket, Global Supply Chain and Components Business, among other roles.

Prior to Cummins, Roman spent five years working in the Peruvian banking system.

Michelle Probst – Vice President, Leadership & Talent Development

Probst recently expanded her role from leadership development to leading Cummins Talent Development programs and processes globally. In this role, Probst is responsible for building and leading a network of subject matter experts responsible for building capabilities and enabling a performance and development culture at all levels of the organization.

Probst has played a pivotal role in advancing the leadership culture at Cummins, according to the company, acting as leader and HR sponsor for many leadership programs. Under her leadership, the Building Success in You program, one of Cummins’ newest initiatives focused on developing leaders at every level of the company, reached a milestone in 2023, graduating more than 4,000 employees globally.

Throughout her nearly 14 years of HR leadership at Cummins, Probst has provided human resources leadership and thought partnership for more than 10 Cummins functions and the Power Systems Business.

Gbile Adewunmi – Vice President, Power Systems Industrial Markets

Adewunmi took over leadership of the PSBU Industrial Markets in January 2023 as part of the reorganization of the Power Systems Business to enable a laser-like focus on ownership, profitability and growth. In this role, he is responsible for driving, implementing and executing a global strategy for Cummins’ Defense, Marine, Mining, Oil & Gas and Rail lines of business. He is also responsible for PSBU Aftermarket business.

Adewunmi has been a driving force in helping PSBU balance improvement in the core business while positioning the organization to support customers’ decarbonization journeys, according to the company. He excels at building strong relationships, driving alignment in complex internal and external business situations, and blending strategic thinking with execution. 

Adewunmi joined Cummins in 2012 as a manager in the Corporate Strategy group. In 2017, Adewunmi moved to South Africa as the EBU and Parts Marketing Director for the Africa Middle East ABO, then in 2019 moved to Ghana to lead the Cummins North and West Africa Regional Distribution Organization.

Matt McQueen – Vice President, Engine Business Supply Chain

McQueen assumed leadership of the Engine Business Supply Chain in 2022 as many of Cummins’ businesses continued to navigate the supply constraints and other challenges caused by the pandemic.

McQueen’s extensive Cummins experience and supply chain expertise, paired with his team-based approach to problem-solving, resulted in continued delivery to customers, a focus on improvements to employee health and safety, and inventory reductions in 2023, the company stated.

Throughout McQueen’s nearly 28 years at Cummins, he’s held many leadership positions in manufacturing, quality and supply chain and is seen as a trusted supply chain advisor. McQueen previously worked in or led supply chain for the Power Systems, Components and Emissions Solutions businesses.

Ashwath Ram, Vice President – Supply Chain & India Leader

Ram has more than 20 years’ experience at Cummins and has worked directly with all five of the company’s business units. In this role, Ram will draw upon his achievements navigating complex business environments and implementing organizational change, according to the company.

His responsibilities include setting the strategic direction and driving operations for integrated supply chain functions globally, including Procurement; Manufacturing; Planning; New and ReCon Parts; and Health, Safety and Environment.

Over the last four years, Ram has served as managing director of Cummins India Limited and Cummins India Leader (two responsibilities he will retain in his current scope) with accountability for managing and growing the India business. Ram oversees the performance of the company’s five business units including Engine, Power Generation, Distribution, Components and Accelera by Cummins.

He also built and mentored a high-performance leadership team and developed a strong, performance-driven culture within the ABO.

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