Perkins Engines announces leadership change


Perkins Engines Company Limited, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc, has announced that David Nicoll has joined the industrial large engine department as product manager. Beginning November 1, 2019, he will lead global strategy, product introductions and lifecycle management for Industrial 9.3 to 18 litre engines at the Mossville facility in Illinois, U.S.

In Nicoll’s decades-long tenure at Caterpillar, which acquired Perkins in 1998, he has gained experience across a wide variety of roles in distribution, machine and engine businesses.

“It’s clear David’s passion lies in seeing our customers thrive,” said Perkins vice president of global sales, marketing, service and parts Jaz Gill. “His customer-focused approach is key to his—and our company’s—success. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact that his distinctive outlook will bring to the large engine division and Perkins as a whole.”

Before beginning his career at Caterpillar, Nicoll earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Bradley University, and went on to earn his MBA from the University of Cambridge Judge Business school. He also serves as a leader with several professional organisations such as the Association of Equipment Manufacturers Components Committee.

Succeeding David will be Jason Kern, fulfilling the role of marketing and channel development director, also effective November 1, 2019. In this role, Jason will be responsible for execution of global marketing and rental strategies and leading the Perkins Distributor Excellence programme.

In a lifelong career with Caterpillar, Kern has held multiple titles of increasing importance including marketing supervisor in Aurora, Illinois, commercial manager in Grenoble, France, Americas regional product manager, and most recently, large HEX global growth manager.

“Jason brings a unique set of talent and skills to Perkins,” said Gill. “The positions he’s held within the business have earned him global recognition both in and outside of the organisation, and his innovative spirit and passion will be an excellent fit for his new leadership role.”


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