Cummins Executives Jean Blackwell and Mark Gerstle Announce Retirement; Cummins Veteran Mark Levett to Assume Duties

Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:00pm EST

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COLUMBUS, Ind.--(Business Wire)--
Today, after many years of extraordinary service to Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI),
both Jean Blackwell and Mark Gerstle are announcing their plans to retire from
the Company on April 1. Effective Feb. 11, Mark Levett will assume the role of
Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations and Chief
Executive Officer of the Cummins Foundation. 

"Jean and Mark have had an immeasurable impact on Cummins and were instrumental
in the company`s transformation over the past 10 years," said Tom Linebarger,
Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc. "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." 

Mark Gerstle started his career at Cummins in 1988 as an attorney and eventually
became Vice President-General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Mark went on to
hold many other key business roles at Cummins including Vice President -
Strategic Initiatives; Vice President - Operations, Filtration Business Unit;
Vice President - Corporate/CBS Services and Corporate Quality; and Chief Risk

Most recently, Mark served as Vice President of Community Affairs where 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

Mark 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 

Jean Blackwell joined Cummins in 1997 after a career at a law firm and in state
government. Jean has held a number of key roles at Cummins including Vice
President - General Counsel; Vice President - Human Resources; Vice President -
Cummins Business Services; and Executive Vice President - Chief Financial
Officer. Jean`s thoughtful leadership and people-centered approach helped find
solutions to some of the Company`s toughest challenges. 

As Chief Financial Officer, Jean helped to lead the Company through several
challenging periods, which included the implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley
requirements. Most recently, Jean 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. Jean worked with Cummins leadership and the Board of
Directors to establish a clear strategy and approach for Corporate
Responsibility efforts. She has also overseen the largest increase in investment
in communities around the globe. 

In addition to her Cummins responsibilities, Jean has been very 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 on April 1, Jean Blackwell and Mark Gerstle will work
with Mark Levett in transitioning responsibilities. 

"Both Jean Blackwell and Mark Gerstle have demonstrated that great business
leaders make great Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs leaders, and
following that model, I am pleased that Mark Levett has agreed to take on his
new role with Cummins," said Linebarger. 

Mark Levett had early roles in Finance, Engineering, Service, OEM Sales and
Product Management. He moved into a number of other key roles including General
Manager South Pacific; Vice President - Industrial Business; Vice President -
North American Field and Distribution; Vice President - Worldwide Industrial
Business; and Vice President - Asia-Pacific; and Vice President - International.
Since 1999, Mark 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. 

"Mark`s experience at Cummins has provided him with a truly global view and a
deep understanding of our customers and markets," Linebarger continued. "Mark`s
knowledge of the Cummins business and his skill and enthusiasm for coaching and
developing people will serve him well in his new role." 

About Cummins

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business
units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related
technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration,
emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in
Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins employs approximately 46,000 people worldwide
and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a
network of more than 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and
approximately 6,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.85 billion on sales of
$18.0 billion in 2011. Press releases can be found on the Web at Follow Cummins on Twitter at @Cummins and on YouTube at

Cummins Inc.
Jon Mills, Director - External Communications, 317-658-4540

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