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Kim Hauer

Kim Hauer
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Kim Hauer is vice president of Caterpillar Inc. with responsibility for the Human Services Division and chief human resources officer. She leads a team of HR professionals with facilities and organizations spread throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

Ms. Hauer’s career with Caterpillar started as an internship in assembly planning during her third year at Purdue University. She joined Caterpillar full time in 1997 as part of the company’s 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 & Regional HR Director for Caterpillar based in Geneva, Switzerland. In December 2010, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named her chief HR officer and vice president of the Human Service Division.

She has a bachelor’s degree in management, with emphasis in human resources, from Purdue University and has been certified as a human resources professional.

Ms. Hauer represents Caterpillar as a Board of Governors member for the American Health Policy Institute and is on the Board of Directors for the HR Policy Association. She is also a member of the Creve Coeur Club Board of Governors and Executive Committee, a trustee to the Great Rivers Partnership and a member of the Board of Trustees to the Children’s Home Association of Illinois. In both 2014 and 2015, Ms. Hauer served as co-chair for the American Red Cross Heartland Heroes Program.