Born to Serve

Rick Stoner stands outside George's School in Ethiopia, dedicated in 2005 to the memory of longtime Cummins executive George Fauerbach. The school was built with donations from Cummins' executives in honor of their colleague who died in 2002 at age 55.

Former Cummins executive retiring from post with Save the Children

Given his upbringing, it’s perhaps no surprise Rick Stoner would end up bringing the business skills he learned at Cummins to Save the Children, the global charity dedicated to helping children in need.

Stoner will retire as Save the Children’s SVP International Programs and Chief Operating Officer on Oct. 1. He is the son of Richard B. Stoner, Vice Chairman of the Cummins Board of Directors for 20 years and a close associate of visionary Cummins’ Chairman and CEO J. Irwin Miller.

Miller and the elder Stoner shared a passion for civil rights, a belief in the life-changing power of education and a world view that extended far beyond the borders of Indiana. They would pass down those qualities to their children.

“My father had a tremendous influence on me,” said Rick Stoner, 66. “His values, his sense of fairness and his drive to improve all aspects of community life inspired me. And you couldn’t grow up in Columbus at that time without being influenced by the culture. The culture and the community leaders were very service oriented.”

Stoner’s upbringing may have led him to Save the Children, but without question his nearly 23 years at Cummins has had a huge influence on the global charity.

During his 13 years with Save the Children, Stoner put a major emphasis on making a difference for children by improving systems, strategic planning, succession planning and increasing accountability throughout the organization.  He also worked to help strengthen collaboration globally.

Stoner says the differences between Cummins and Save the Children are not as great as one might think. The charity’s divisions are a lot like Cummins’ business units, he said, and the two entities have “very similar values despite different missions.”

A momentous decision

A decision Stoner made after graduating from Yale would also have a major impact on his life as well as his career. Stoner decided to join the Peace Corps, serving in Ethiopia as a teacher in a small rural community.
The move started a lifelong love of Africa that would influence his decision to join Cummins. Stoner also met his wife, Elizabeth, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital.

Stoner decided to go to law school after the Peace Corps, following his father’s footsteps by attending Harvard.  He subsequently joined then U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton’s staff in Washington, D.C.—“another great leader and life-long mentor,” he says.

Joining Cummins at that point was the furthest thing from his mind but then he was approached about becoming General Manager of the Company’s Africa operations based in London. That just happened to be where his wife’s family was living after fleeing unrest in Ethiopia in the 1970s. On both a personal and professional level, it was too good an opportunity to pass up.

For the better part of 15 years, Stoner lived in England, serving as General Manager of the Company’s Africa and Middle East operations, then Manager of the Daventry engine plant, and Managing Director of Holset Engineering (Cummins Turbo Technologies today) before returning to Columbus to take on a number of other executive assignments.

For a time, he supervised a promising young executive named Tom Linebarger.

“He always wanted me to be excited and motivated about the work I was doing,” recalled Linebarger, now Cummins Chairman and CEO. “He was just a really good human being and the kind of person you might expect would be very interested in working with a group like Save the Children.”

The big change

While he enjoyed his work at Cummins, Stoner never lost his passion for teaching and development work and his love of Africa. He began having conversations with his supervisors about his interests. Eventually, it was suggested that he check out Save the Children.

Stoner found that he liked the organization’s mission and approach. He met with the group’s top leaders and they felt he could bring something valuable to the organization.

But they did not want him to go directly to Africa. Stoner was told if he spent two years in Save the Children’s headquarters in Connecticut improving the organization’s child sponsorship operations and learning more about Save the Children, they would find him a post in Africa.

He first became a Cummins executive on loan to Save the Children in 1999. Then in 2001, he officially left the Company and became a full time employee with Save the Children. Stoner helped implement major improvements in the child sponsorship management and programming model and was then on his way to Africa.

“I had gotten my dream job,” he said.

A new career

Stoner would end up spending six years in Africa with Save the Children, overseeing the agency’s efforts to help children in eleven countries. Africa represents about 40 percent of Save the Children’s total operations.

He traveled back to the United States fairly frequently in that position, which was good because his father was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease (Richard B Stoner died in 2008). When Rick Stoner’s two daughters were married, he and Elizabeth knew it was time to move back to the United States.

At that time, Save the Children globally was organized largely along National Member lines. Stoner was asked to help find a way to merge the various in-country operations so Save the Children would operate more efficiently. He says the lessons he learned at Cummins served him especially well.

While Stoner is proud of that work, he’s also very proud of the schools he helped to start in Africa – some replacing mud huts that were serving as many as 120 students in a classroom.

“That has been a tremendous experience,” Stoner said. “The children are so motivated to learn.  The schools we established have created opportunities that weren’t there before.”

For the past year, Stoner has been serving as Save the Children’s Chief Operating Officer. In that capacity, he’s been looking for good leaders, developing succession plans, including his own, and urging managers to improve their systems while helping Save the Children transition into a global organization.

“The kinds of things a Chief Operating Officer would do at any company,” said Stoner, who plans to continue serving the organization as a part-time volunteer after he retires.

Stoner has made a huge difference at Save the Children, according to Glyn Price, who himself is a former Cummins executive. Stoner was one of Price’s supervisors at Cummins and his example inspired Price to retire early and join Save the Children to pursue his passion for helping the people of Haiti.

“Rick brought an awful lot of business thinking and strategy to the not-for-profit business,” Price said. “That’s definitely his legacy here.”

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Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

Five Ways Cummins is Supporting STEM Opportunities for Women

Cummins is working to improve awareness of engineering career opportunities globally and to support technical women throughout their careers. 

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Global CWiT Conference 2018 group photo

1. Global Cummins Women in Technology Conference

During this three day event, Cummins technical women from around the world gather to network, develop new skills, and share their experiences. Cummins has organized women in technology conferences since 2007, and the most recent conference was held this past March in Columbus, Indiana (USA).

Cummins Technical Center India


2. Cummins Technical Center India opened this year

On March 1, 2018, leaders from Cummins inaugurated the Cummins Technical Center India (CTCI), the new home of the India Technical Organization. Located at the Kothrud campus in Pune, Maharashtra, CTCI is a leading center in India, equipped with world-class laboratories, engine test cells and engineering facilities. The four-story building is impressive with seating capacity for 2,500 professional engineering staff.  The center has been designed to promote employee well-being and safety through the use of light, art and design and productivity by employing suitable amenities like a childcare center and nursing mothers’ rooms. The office space includes a flexible learning center to support education, training and team building. 

 

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3. Return to Work Program “RePower”

Cummins has created the RePower (aka return-to-work) Program for engineers through a partnership with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and iRelaunch. This program provides opportunities to re-engage returners’ skills and repower careers with a paid six month returnship. The first RePower Program took place in Southern Indiana, running August 2016 through February 2017 with four candidates, and each of these individuals has since joined the company in a full-time role. The objective of the program is to match candidates with projects that fit their expertise, interests and abilities. The program is focused on training, coaching and development, as well as networking.

STEM Careers Awareness in Latin America


4. STEM Careers Awareness in Latin America

Cummins Latin America is working with 10 universities in 2018 to provide students with an opportunity to visit Cummins locations in San Luis Potosi, Mexico to learn more about career opportunities within Cummins. During the visits, Cummins employees share background on the company’s history, values, products, innovation, resource groups like the Women’s Affinity Group and Technical Women’s Imitative and tips to create an effective resume. 


5. STEM Education and Awareness

Globally, Cummins employees are involved in multiple STEM events and educational opportunities to encourage girls and boys to think about a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Cummins supports collaborative classrooms to grow youth employment in Australia, math mentoring to enhance student skills in Africa, education coalitions that improve academics in Cummins’ headquarter community, and vocational education toolkits that can be used by Cummins employees to support their local communities. These are just a few examples of how Cummins provides awareness and support of STEM education throughout the world.  

Taking place annually on June 23, International Women in Engineering Day is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the career opportunities available to girls in this industry. It celebrates the outstanding achievements of women engineers throughout the world. In 2018, the INWED 2018 theme is 'Raising The Bar.’ For additional information, please see the INWED website at http://www.inwed.org.uk/

 

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Meet Lulu Lopez - Director of New and ReCon Parts Global Manufacturing Operation, San Luis Potosi

Lulu Lopez, Director of New and ReCon Parts Global Manufacturing Operations, has 23 years experience in Manufacturing. We recently sat down with Lulu to ask about her career at Cummins. Here's what she had to say. 

Role: Director of New and ReCon Parts Global Manufacturing Operations
Location: San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Years of Service: 12 years at Cummins, 23 years in Manufacturing
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, San Luis Potosí, México; Master’s Degree in Administration, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, México
Cummins Career Journey: Quality and Manufacturing Manager, Plant Manager, Director of Global Manufacturing Engineering & Strategy, Director of New and ReCon Parts Global Manufacturing Operations

Q: How has your career journey progressed at Cummins?

“I joined Cummins Generator Technologies in San Luis Potosí, México, as a Quality and Manufacturing Manager in 2006. However, as soon as I joined Cummins, I also had to take on manager responsibilities in Supplier Quality, Operations Excellence (lean manufacturing) and, for several years, Product Engineering. I was then given the opportunity to become a Plant Manager for Cummins Generator Technologies in 2010, also in San Luis Potosí, and enjoyed that role for 4.5 years. 

“In November 2014, I joined New and ReCon Parts in Columbus, IN, as the Director of Global Manufacturing Engineering and Strategy. I then returned to San Luis Potosí to run the New and ReCon Parts site in April 2016 and was able to run this site for 2 years. Currently, I am transitioning into the Director of Global Manufacturing Operations role for New and ReCon Parts and very happy and enthusiastic for this great next step in my professional career.”

Q: What attracted you to Manufacturing as a career? 

“I like it a lot! I really enjoy the teamwork and cross-functional efforts used to build products that help our customers be successful in operating their own businesses. I find developing people and interacting with different functions within Manufacturing fascinating. We drive continuous improvement every day to be more efficient, cost competitive and the best option for our customers, and that’s a great feeling.”

Q: Why have you chosen to remain dedicated to Manufacturing? In other words, what’s kept you going? 

“Within Manufacturing, we have different functions that are very exciting in areas of engineering, technology and innovation. All of these functions are focused on the definition, development, implementation, validation, control, operation and continuous improvement of the processes that build the products we sell every day.”

Q: Is Manufacturing at Cummins exciting for you? 

“Yes, working in a Manufacturing site is a diverse environment – we have a variety of functions and people with different professional backgrounds, capabilities and skills working together every day. Collaborating as a team makes it exciting, as all functions align to the same objectives and challenge each other to be excellent each and every day.”

Q: In your eyes, what would you list as your top 2-3 achievements in your career at Cummins?  

“Becoming a plant manager was very much a key achievement in my professional career. That role really exposed me to being a business owner, lead cross-functional efforts and represents the Cummins leadership in the community. 

“Also, for more than 5 years, I aspired to be in my current role, which I just entered into a few weeks ago. This opportunity will allow me to influence the global operations of a complete business and allow me the opportunity to lead a vast and diverse team experiencing different challenges due to the conditions of the markets and regions.”

Q: Which one of Cummins’ core values resonates with you most and why? 

“All corporate values are great framework, and for me it is very critical to live all of them in my role as a leader. However, if I have to select one that resonates with me most, it would be Caring."

"By caring about our people, our environment, our customers and our community; being inclusive; following the regulations and laws that dictate our company practices; and knowing the impact of my decisions, I am better able to contribute to powering a most prosperous world.”

Q: Cummins is a global company, and you bring global perspective. What does being a global company mean to you?

“For me, it is very simple. We should be able to support our customers with the right solution for their needs across the globe, and that support should come from people who work in the optimal regions and processes and who live out our values each and every day.”

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is wanting to get into Manufacturing today?

“Take the challenge, and join our team. We have varying career paths, different functions and very exciting positions that will provide you the opportunity to develop yourself and gain vast capabilities and skills that will help you continue your professional development within Manufacturing or other roles within the Global Supply Chain.”

I Am Manufacturing is a recurring campaign featuring the people and teams who make up Cummins Manufacturing.
 

Cummins Office Building

Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Meet Anna Dibble - Plant Manager, Jamestown Engine Plant

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Anna Dibble, Plant Manager at the Jamestown Engine Plant

Anna Dibble, Plant Manager at Cummins' Jamestown Engine Plant, has an impressive 26 years of service at Cummins. We recently sat down with Anna to ask about her career at Cummins. Here’s what she had to say. 

Role: Plant Manager, Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP)
Years of Service at Cummins: 26 years at JEP
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Operations Management, Penn State University; Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Management & Engineering, General Motors Institute of Technology; MBA, Gannon University
Career Journey: Quality Engineering, Product Engineering, Six Sigma Black Belt and Leader, Operations, Engine Business Unit Manufacturing Quality, Plant Management

Q: What attracted you to Manufacturing as a career?

"When I got hired at Cummins as a summer hire, I really enjoyed seeing how a large plant functioned – how all of the teams worked collaboratively together to make the product and how diverse the career opportunities were. I went back to college and changed my major from Accounting to Operations Management, with the desire to work in a manufacturing plant after graduation. I didn’t realize at the time that I would spend my career at the same plant that got me interested in manufacturing in the first place."

Q: Have you ever had any other job outside of Manufacturing? 

"I have always been based at JEP but have worked in many functions, including some that were EBU functions and not JEP-specific (Product Engineering, Six Sigma Black Belt/Master Black Belt, EBU Manufacturing Quality and Six Sigma Leader roles). The diversity of career opportunities within a large manufacturing plant, such as Quality (including Supplier Quality and Customer Quality) and Product Engineering (including test and labs, Six Sigma personnel, Finance, etc.) was an attractive feature for me. The Cummins and JEP environment also encourages cross-functional learning."

Q: Is Manufacturing at Cummins exciting for you?

"Absolutely. Each and every day is different and sometimes very unpredictable. The challenge to develop and follow a long-term strategy while also addressing short-term emergencies – and doing so in a way that is effective across significant changes in the demand cycle – requires a lot of innovation and cross-functional teamwork."

Q: What makes coming to work each day worth it?

The people. Although there are problems to solve and challenges day in and day out, I have the opportunity to work with some very talented, committed and passionate people that can rise to any occasion.

Q: In your eyes, what would you list as your top achievements during your career at Cummins? 

"The plant accomplishment that I am very proud to have been part of was the 2010 Downturn Planning team. The team worked with JEP and Cummins leaders to offer an employee retention program that helped us creatively absorb a 70 percent reduction in demand within one month with no permanent layoffs and introduce two new products at the same time."

Q: Which one of Cummins’ core values resonates with you most and why? 

"I really don’t believe the core values are as effective individually as they are together. But, if I had to choose one core value, I would pick integrity because it all starts there. Integrity is a sign of your character and is foundational to all of the other core values. In order to truly embrace diversity, care for others and their wellbeing, and promote and value teamwork, you must have integrity. By building trusting relationships where all voices are heard and valued, together you can deliver excellence."

Q: What is your advice to someone looking to pursue a career in Manufacturing?

"Manufacturing is exciting and challenging, and the industry offers many career opportunities for people with many different skill sets. Regardless of the role, I highly would encourage someone to try new things, be fearless and move out of their comfort zone."

I Am Manufacturing is a recurring campaign featuring the people and teams who make up Cummins Manufacturing.

Cummins Office Building

Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

New Cummins Powers Women Program to Accelerate the Advancement of Women and Girls Around the World

by Anna Lintereur,
Cummins' Mary Chandler (right) greets Denise Raquel Dunning, founder of Rise Up, at Thursday's announcement.
Cummins' Mary Chandler (right) greets Denise Raquel Dunning, founder of Rise Up, at Thursday's announcement.

Cummins has been grounded since its founding in the belief that wherever the company operates, it will leave communities stronger than it found them. Building more prosperous communities isn’t just better for the people living in them, it’s better for the company’s business and society at large.

Now Cummins is helping to empower a global community that needs support – women and girls.

“Cummins’ mission is to make people’s lives better by powering a more prosperous world and Cummins Powers Women epitomizes this purpose,” said Tom Linebarger, Cummins Inc. Chairman and CEO. “One way we seek to better communities is by investing in programs that improve the lives of women and girls. We’ve seen firsthand the positive transformation that happens when we ensure diversity and inclusion within our organization, bringing more women into our business at every level.”

The Cummins Powers Women program is the company’s most ambitious community initiative ever, representing a multi-million dollar investment designed to create large-scale impact in the lives of women and girls globally. Through Cummins Powers Women, the company will partner with a network of global nonprofit organizations that have existing, proven programs with metrics in place. The programs will focus on areas where significant barriers exist to the advancement of girls and women, including grass-roots teaching and mentoring, financial empowerment through entrepreneurship, leadership training, and strategic guidance to non-profit leaders.

Today, women continue to face inequality. Around the world, girls are less likely to finish high school, more likely to be married against their will as children, and less likely to have career prospects. But when women and girls are educated, given opportunity and paid fairly, families and economies prosper.

“The growth and improvements we have seen in our own company through an inclusive environment for women are the catalyst for us to dream about a future for all women that includes abundant opportunity for global leadership, invention, skill and creativity – a world powered by women in which progress accelerates, invention amplifies and solutions become easier to find,” said Mary Titsworth Chandler, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins Foundation.

Cummins is focused on fixing the problem at its root and finding answers that will yield the greatest impact for women and girls to unlock their full power. The Cummins Leadership Team and regional leadership teams will spearhead this global effort, working closely with Cummins’ nonprofit partners in their regions and local communities.

The company knows that for many of its leaders, this work isn’t just a professional issue. It’s a personal one, too. It’s about our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and neighbors. After all, as Linebarger remarked, “Making an engine is hard. Making the world more just for women and girls is harder.”

Cummins is ready to take on this challenge.

Anna Lintereur

Anna Lintereur is Chief of Staff and Communications Manager for Corporate Responsibility at Cummins Inc. She joined the company in 2010, serving in a variety of roles including global communications leader for Corporate Responsibility and project manager for the construction of Cummins’ Distribution Business headquarters in Indianapolis. Prior to joining Cummins, she worked for Irwin Financial Corporation for more than 12 years.

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