Caterpillar Announces New Chief Information Officer

Caterpillar announces Randy Krotowski will be the company's new chief information officer, replacing John Heller, who is retiring after 38 years with the company.

Caterpillar Inc. announces that its Board of Directors has appointed Randy Krotowski vice president with responsibility for the Global Information Services Division. In this role, he will also serve as chief information officer (CIO). Krotowski joins Caterpillar from Chevron Corporation, where he is currently CIO for Chevron Global Upstream, a $1.2 billion information technology organization with a workforce of 2,500 people.

"Randy brings a demonstrated track record of success, strategic thinking and innovation to Caterpillar," says Ed Rapp, Caterpillar chief financial officer and group president with responsibility for Corporate Services. "Building on his more than 25 years of progressive experience with Chevron, Randy understands the critical role information technology plays in supporting a growing and increasingly complex global business such as Caterpillar's," Rapp adds. "His engineering background and experience along with his deep information technology expertise gives him a unique perspective that will add value to the business."

Krotowski graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and earned an MBA from Golden Gate University. He began his career at Chevron in 1982 and has held a number of engineering, business management and information technology (IT) positions with increasing responsibility. Prior to his current role, Krotowski's IT career at Chevron included positions with responsibilities for Chevron subsidiaries in Canada, Latin America and global strategic planning for Chevron Corporation. Krotowski has been in his current role as CIO of Chevron Global Upstream since 2006. He will join Caterpillar in February 2012. He will replace John Heller, who, as previously announced, is retiring after more than 38 years of service with Caterpillar.