Cummins Moves 5 Leaders Into VP Roles

The company has promoted Ricardo Roman, Michelle Probst, Gbile Adewunmi, Matt McQueen and Ashwath Ram to vice president positions across several key departments and business units.

Left to right: Ricardo Roman, Michelle Probst, Gbile Adewunmi, Matt McQueen and Ashwath Ram.
Left to right: Ricardo Roman, Michelle Probst, Gbile Adewunmi, Matt McQueen and Ashwath Ram.
Cummins, Inc.

Cummins Inc. has appointed four leaders to the role of vice president (VP), effective March 1, 2024. Ricardo Roman, Michelle Probst, Gbile Adewunmi and Matt McQueen will move into the new role. Additionally, Ashwath Ram was appointed to VP in January 2024.

Ricardo Roman – VP, Components Finance

Roman stepped into the role of controller for the Components Business Unit in 2022 during a critical period of evolution for the business. He not only helped with the successful acquisition and integration of Jacobs Vehicle Systems and Meritor, the largest acquisition in Cummins’ history, but Roman also played a key role in evolving the Components product portfolio for the future. He is focused on driving profitable growth and has partnered closely with the leaders of the Components businesses to drive record financial performance.

With more than 23 years at Cummins, Roman has built an extensive knowledge of Cummins’ businesses and processes through his finance leadership in the Engine Business, Aftermarket, Global Supply Chain and Components Business, among other roles.

Roman holds a bachelor's degree in economics with a concentration in finance from the Catholic University of Peru, a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and operations from Purdue University, and is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSP) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Michelle Probst – VP, Leadership & Talent Development

Probst recently expanded her role from Leadership Development to now leading Cummins Talent Development programs and processes globally. Probst is responsible for building and leading a network of subject matter experts responsible for building capabilities and enabling a performance and development culture at all levels of the organization.

Acting as leader and HR sponsor for many leadership programs, Probst played a pivotal role in advancing leadership in the Building Success in You program, which graduated more than 4,000 employee graduates globally since its inception. She is also committed to progressing Cummins’ diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) strategy.

Throughout her nearly 14 years at Cummins, Probst has provided HR leadership and thought partnership for more than 10 Cummins functions and the Power Systems Business. Prior to Cummins, Probst held several HR roles in the finance and banking sector and was formerly a tax accountant before making the shift into HR.

Gbile Adewunmi – VP, Power Systems Industrial Markets

Adewunmi took over leadership of the PSBU Industrial Markets in January 2023 as part of the Power Systems Business Unit (PBSU) reorganization. In this role, he is responsible for driving, implementing and executing a global strategy for Cummins’ Defense, Marine, Mining, Oil & Gas, and Rail lines of business. He is also responsible for PSBU Aftermarket business.

Both in his current role, and in his former role leading PSBU Strategy, Adewunmi has been a driving force in helping PSBU balance improvement in the core business with positioning the organization to support our customers’ decarbonization journeys.

Adewunmi joined Cummins in 2012 as a manager in the Corporate Strategy group. From 2013 to 2016, he worked in the New and ReCon Parts organization where he led the Global On-Highway Accounts and Global Product Management teams. In 2017, Adewunmi moved to South Africa as the Engine Business Unit (EBU) and Parts marketing director for the Africa Middle East ABO, then, in 2019, moved to Ghana to lead the Cummins North and West Africa Regional Distribution Organization.

Matt McQueen – VP, Engine Business Supply Chain

McQueen assumed leadership of Cummins' Engine Business Supply Chain in 2022, navigating many of the supply constraints and other challenges caused by the pandemic.

McQueen played a key role in repositioning the company's EBU plants for the future as we continue to build out and strengthen our manufacturing and supply chain network to support the industry’s first fuel agnostic engine platforms, as well as continue to deliver more than 1.3 million advanced engines every year.

In his 28-plus years at Cummins, McQueen has held many leadership positions in manufacturing, quality and supply chain. He first joined the EBU leadership team in 2017, and has also served the Pickup Business and Quality organizations, as well as twice leading supply chain. Prior to that, McQueen worked in or led supply chain for the company's Power Systems, Components and Emissions Solutions businesses. He was also the plant manager at three Cummins plants, including the Jamestown Engine Plant, Columbus Fuel Systems Plant and Juarez Fuel Systems Plant.

Ashwath Ram  VP, Supply Chain & India Leader

With more than 20 years at Cummins, Ram has worked directly with all five of the company’s business units. In this role, Ram's responsibilities include setting the strategic direction and driving operations for our integrated supply chain functions globally, including Procurement; Manufacturing; Planning; New and ReCon Parts; and Health, Safety and Environment.

Over the last four years, Ram has served as managing director of Cummins India Limited and Cummins India Leader (two responsibilities he will retain in his current scope) with accountability for managing and growing the India business. Under his leadership, the Cummins’ India region has achieved record sales and the highest compound annual growth rate and year-over-year growth in the region’s history. Ram oversees the performance of the company’s five business units, including Engine, Power Generation, Distribution, Components and Accelera by Cummins. He also built and mentored a high-performance leadership team and developed a strong, performance driven culture within the Area Business Organization (ABO).

A serial entrepreneur, Ram started and ran several businesses in manufacturing, IT, consulting and design services before returning to Cummins in 2007 to serve in various leadership positions in Power Generation, the Tata Cummins Joint Venture and the Industrial Engine business.