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Caterpillar VP Kim Hauer to pursue outside opportunity

Kim HauerAfter nearly 20 years with Caterpillar, Kim Hauer, VP, human services and chief human resources officer, has elected to leave the company.
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Ms. Hauer started as an intern in assembly planning at the Lafayette, Indiana, engine manufacturing plant during her third year at Purdue University. She joined Caterpillar full time in 1997 as part of the company’s Human Resources (HR) Professional Development Program.

She advanced through numerous positions with increasing responsibilities in the areas of human resources, labor relations and succession planning, including a role as a compensation and benefits manager for Caterpillar’s Logistics Division based in Belgium.

Ms. Hauer also held the position of group and regional HR director for Caterpillar based in Geneva, Switzerland. In December 2010, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named Ms. Hauer CHRO and vice president with responsibility for HSD.

Ms. Hauer has a bachelor’s degree in management, with emphasis in HR, from Purdue University. In 2016, she was honored by HRO Today Magazine as CHRO of the Year in the lifetime achievement category.

In order to ensure a smooth transition, Ms. Hauer will remain at Caterpillar until November 1, 2016.

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