People: Caterpillar Inc (CAT)
20 Dec 2013
Mr. Edward J. Rapp is Group President of Caterpillar Inc. since January 1, 2013. He has responsibility for the Finance Services Division, Human Services Division, Global Information Services Division, Global Purchasing Division and Financial Products Division, as well as Strategy & Business Development, Corporate Auditing and Investor Relations. Since joining Caterpillar as a pricing analyst in 1979, Rapp has held positions related to pricing, production scheduling, marketing, dealer development, manufacturing and product development. In 1987, he transferred to the North American Commercial Division where he held positions in Planning Support and as district manager of the San Francisco district. He later transferred to Johannesburg, South Africa, as area manager and then on to Geneva, Switzerland, where he was the department manager in Building Construction Products, and Europe Region Manager. In 2000, Rapp became an Officer of Caterpillar as the vice president of the Europe-Africa-Middle East (EAME) Marketing Division. Prior to becoming a group president in 2007, Rapp served as vice president of Caterpillar's Building Construction Products (BCP) Division, based in Cary, N.C. Rapp has a B.A. in finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a graduate of the University of Illinois Executive Development program. He is a member of the board of directors of FMGlobal and Junior Achievement (J.A.) USA. Rapp is also a member of the University of Missouri College of Business Strategic Development Board.
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