COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cummins, Inc. has announced two new executive appointments.
Jim Lyons has been named VP/chief manufacturing officer.
“In his new role, Jim has significant responsibilities in helping us achieve our goal to make improvements and savings through the supply chain organization,” said Lisa Yoder, VP of global supply chain and manufacturing.
Lyons will work on improving the company’s worldwide manufacturing performance with an emphasis on successful delivery, schedule stability and attainment and waste reduction.
“His work will include growing capacity ahead of demand and providing a leadership role in aligning manufacturing, purchasing and supply chain,” Yoder said.
In addition, Lyons will be in charge of Cummins’ Health, Safety and Environmental organization.
“Jim has always demonstrated a passion for safety, and I am confident that he can lead us to achieve world class safety performance over the next few years,” Yoder said.
Lyons brings to the position 38 years of experience with Cummins, most recently as president of Cummins Turbo Technologies (CTT), where he led that business to a turn-around in performance.
He will continue in his CTT role through the end of the year as he works with his replacement to ensure a smooth transition. He will also begin shifting into his new role. Lyons replacement at CTT will be announced soon.
Lyons joined Cummins in 1973 and has served in a wide range of roles, including general manager of Fuel Systems Operations and the Consolidated Diesel Company, and VP of MidRange and Heavy Duty Manufacturing. He was named president of Cummins Turbo Technologies in January 2007.
“One vital link in our supply chains is manufacturing and it is important that we have the kind of leadership at the corporate level to accelerate our efforts in operational excellence,” Yoder said. “That is why we are creating the key role of VP/chief manufacturing officer for Cummins.”
In conjunction with Lyons’ new appointment, Tracy Embree has been named VP/president of Cummins Turbo Technologies. She will succeed Lyons in this role.
Embree has worked in CTT as GM of Asia, since July 2011. She will take over CTT leadership Jan. 1, 2012.
“During her time in CTT, Tracy has continued to drive our growth and success in India and China, building strong connections with our key business partners,” said Anant Talaulicar, VP/president of the Components Group; and chairman of Cummins India. “Tracy has quickly become a key contributor in the CTT leadership team in running the overall business.”
Prior to her time in CTT, Embree worked in the MidRange Engine Business, where she was responsible for the on-highway line of business for two years. She was a member of the MidRange leadership team and played an important role in the business’ turnaround by improving profitability with key customers, supporting the development of new global business opportunities and restructuring the team to reflect the global market that the business serves.
Embree joined Cummins in 2000, after obtaining an MBA from the Harvard Business School. During her time at Cummins, she has held a variety of roles, including marketing and sales positions in the Emission Solutions and Filtration businesses, GM of the company for the Energy Solutions Business in Power Generation, and executive director of the company’s business with Chrysler.
She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a minor in music.