The head of Power Systems for Cummins Inc. said he’s always loved running something business-related, making it perform better and doing so in a team atmosphere. That makes the task of leading a recently reconfigured core business unit seem like a good fit for the former Austrian national basketball team member.

Norbert Nusterer, 47, took over as president of the Power Systems business Aug. 1, succeeding Dave Crompton in that role. In December, the company merged its Power Generation business with its High Horsepower unit to better align the working relationship between the two. The result was Power Systems, which now includes generators and high-horsepower engines under one roof.

“This was the biggest change internally that we’ve had in 15 years,” Nusterer said, adding that it affected 15,000 employees in some way.

Nusterer, formerly vice president of Supply Chain Operations and Parts, and Crompton worked on the reorganization together.

“My job is to continue that. We’re not changing plans,” Nusterer said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at or (812) 379-5639.