COLUMBUS, Ind.— Cummins Inc. executives Jean Blackwell and Mark Gerstle announced today that they plan to retire from the company on April 1.
The retirements were announced through a company press release, which also said that Mark Levett would assume the role of vice president of corporate responsibility and community relations and chief executive officer of the Cummins Foundation, effective Feb. 11.
“Jean and Mark have had an immeasurable impact on Cummins and were instrumental in the company’s transformation over the past 10 years,” Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc., said in a press release. “Their leadership has also inspired many Cummins employees and greatly improved our communities. They have provided wise counsel to many Cummins leaders, passionately advocated for Cummins values, and consistently added insight and humor to our workplace. Along with many other Cummins people around the world, I am deeply grateful for all they have done for Cummins and for so many communities across the globe.”
Gerstle started his career at Cummins in 1988 as an attorney and eventually became vice president-general counsel and corporate secretary. Gerstle has held many other key business roles at Cummins, but most recently he served as vice president of community affairs. In that role he worked to increase Cummins’ engagement in Columbus and the communities throughout southern Indiana by creating and nurturing several public-private partnerships that support important education, training and mentoring initiatives.
Gerstle also led the effort to establish the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence and has been involved in the community through board positions for Ivy Tech Community College, the IUPUC Board of Advisors, the National Association of Manufacturers Institute, Conexus Indiana, the Columbus Economic Development Board, and the IU Public Policy Institute
Blackwell joined Cummins in 1997 after a career at a law firm and in state government. She has held a number of key roles at Cummins. As chief financial officer, she helped to lead the Company through several challenging periods, which included the implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley requirements. Most recently, Blackwell has served as executive vice president of corporate responsibility and chief executive officer of the Cummins Foundation, where she helped rebuild and reinvigorate one of the Company’s most important business functions..
Blackwell has been active in the community and has served on the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, The Mind Trust board of directors and the Central Indiana Transit Task Force. She recently received the Sablosky Mentor Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana.
Until their retirement, Blackwell and Gerstle will work with Levett in transitioning responsibilities.
Since 1999, Levett has served as general manager and vice president – high horsepower. During his time, the high horsepower business has grown global revenue by nearly 600 percent and has become one of the most profitable parts of the company.