Cummins Inc., an Indiana-based engine manufacturer, has announced that Tom Linebarger will end his term as CEO. Jennifer Rumsey, current president and chief operating officer (COO), will assume the role of president and CEO.
Rumsey will be the seventh CEO and first woman to lead the company since it was founded in 1919. Linebarger will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors and in an executive chairman role, working directly with Rumsey on specific initiatives that position the company for continued success, including completing the pending acquisition of Meritor.
“Jen is a once-in-a-generation talent and the right leader for Cummins at this important time in our history,” says Linebarger in a release announcing the position change. “She has been my partner in developing the ‘Destination Zero’ strategy, which sets forth how the decarbonization of our industry will be a significant growth opportunity for Cummins. Her background as an engineer and technology expertise provides her [with] a deep understanding of the major technical changes taking place and how to capitalize on them. Jen uniquely understands our customers and business, having worked in many different parts of the business during her more than 20-year career, and in every role, she has consistently delivered results.”
Most recently, Rumsey led the company’s global operations as COO during what Linebarger describes as “one of the most challenging periods in our history,” delivering record revenues and improving product quality and Cummins' market position while addressing unprecedented supply chain constraints.
“Jen is a principled leader who cares deeply about our stakeholders. We share a common vision for Cummins, and I am confident that Jen will lead Cummins into an even more prosperous future,” Linebarger adds.
Rumsey began her Cummins career working in research and technology, primarily focused on advancing technology to reduce criteria pollutants from diesel engines. Since then, she has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility and impact, including bringing new platforms and technologies to the market, driving improvements in product quality and developing the capability of global teams.
She has also been deeply engaged with some of the company’s most important original equipment manufacturer partners. The leadership roles Rumsey has held include president of components, where she oversaw a global portfolio of business units that delivered profitable growth while ensuring power solutions met performance and emissions goals, and chief technical officer, where she led strategic investments in key technologies and applications to transition to lower carbon emissions products, laying the foundation years ago for the company’s New Power Business and Destination Zero strategy.
Prior to Cummins, Rumsey worked for a fuel cell technology company.
Rumsey is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, the Purdue Engineering Advisory Council and the Women in Trucking Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a master’s in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.