Cummins Inc. announced today that Steve Charlton, vice president and chief technical officer of engine business, will retire at the end of this month. The company also announced that Jennifer Rumsey will step in as Charlton’s successor.
Charlton joined Cummins in 1993 as the director of advanced engineering. Prior to joining the company, he worked as an engineer for General Electric in the United Kingdom. At Cummins, he moved up the ranks, becoming executive director of research, then of advanced engineering. In 2004, he headed a project to develop heavy-duty engine products that would meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2007 standards for emissions.
In 2008, he became VP of Heavy Duty Engineering. He has held his current position since 2010.
"In his more than 20 years with the company, Steve has provided invaluable technical expertise and leadership. He has left a profound mark on our company, and his contributions will always be valued and remembered,” said Rich Freeland, VP of Cummins, Inc. and president of engine business.
In his LinkedIn profile, Charlton states, “I will be looking for ways to remain active in the profession, whether leveraging my industry experience or my academic experience.”
In addition to his work at General Electric and Cummins, Charlton also taught engineering courses at the Staffordshire University and the University of Bath, both in the United Kingdom.
Charlton’s successor, Jennifer Rumsey, will step in as VP of engineering for the Engine Business division and will focus on growth opportunities, such as launching new platforms, developing existing platforms and improving product quality.
Rumsey joined Cummins in 2000 as technical advisor of advanced controls, and other positions have included VP of engineering for the heavy-, medium- and light-duty engine business, including quality leader for Cummins Turbo Technologies, and in Research & Technology Advanced Engineering.
"Jennifer brings tremendous expertise, and has successfully worked across business units and regional boundaries, and she will no doubt continue to be successful in this role," said Freeland. "Jennifer's ability to deliver innovative products fit for different global markets that our customers depend on will be critical to the continued success of the Engine Business and Cummins."