Steve Chapman is Group Vice President – China and Russia, leading operations and growth for Cummins Inc. in the key markets of China and Russia. Under Chapman's leadership, Cummins' China business has grown from an eight-employee office with sales of $8 million to a 10,000-employee organization with $5 billion in sales across multiple operations.
Partnerships are a key part of his work. He has negotiated a number of joint ventures, including Dongfeng Motors, Beiqi Foton and LiuGong in China, and Kamaz in Russia, and he has served in senior roles working with partners such as Tata Motors in India and Komatsu in Japan.
Chapman joined Cummins in 1985 as Manager – International Business Development and has held a number of positions related to Cummins' international operations, including leadership of Southeast Asia and China during the 1990s when he was instrumental in developing Cummins' successful business model for emerging markets. From 2002-2005, he established the International Distribution Business Unit, the predecessor of the current Distribution Business Unit, and served as the business unit president.
Previously, Chapman was employed by Green Giant, where he served in operations and management positions in the company's Taiwan and mainland China locations.
In September 2016, in recognition of his significant contribution to the engine-related industries in China, Chapman was awarded China National Friendship Award – China's most prestigious award for foreigners. He was also granted "2011-2013 Great Wall Friendship Award" by Beijing Municipal Government, in recognition of his contribution to Beijing's economic and social development.
In 2008, Chapman was recognized by China Auto Business Review, the leading industry monthly publication in China, as one of the "Ten Most Important Foreigners" in China's automotive history during the past 30 years.
Chapman, a native of Minnesota, earned his Bachelor's degree in Asian Studies from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a Master's of Public and Private Management from the Yale University School of Management. He serves on the board of directors of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (NYSE: CTB) and the board of trustees for Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.