The Caterpillar board of directors has appointed James W Owens vice-chairman and named him the next chairman and chief executive officer. He will replace Glen A Barton, who will retire Jan 31, 2004, after nearly 43 years of Caterpillar service. Owens most recently served as group president.
Dipinder “DP” Singh, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co's former director — global market intelligence and strategy, has been appointed director of global requirements planning. Goodyear has also named Robert A Novotny vice-president — global engineering and manufacturing technology. He had been director of global plant engineering and capital projects based at company headquarters in Akron OH. Novotny replaces Ernest J Rodia, who is retiring after 37 years with Goodyear.
Faucher Industries has appointed Jean Guimond director of operations. Until recently, he was director of operations at Integris Metal Ltée Laval.