Douglas R. Oberhelman

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Doug Oberhelman
Born February 25, 1953
Residence Edwards, Illinois[1]
Alma mater Millikin University (1975)
Occupation business executive
Years active 1975 (1975)–present[2][3]
Employer Caterpillar Inc.
Home town Woodstock, Illinois[2]
Title Chairman & CEO, Caterpillar Inc.
Term 2010–present
Predecessor James W. Owens
Board member of
Eli Lilly and Company
The Nature Conservancy Illinois Chapter
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
National Association of Manufacturers
Manufacturing Institute
Wetlands America Trust
Ameren (former)
Easter Seals (former chairman)
Millikin University (former chairman)
South Side Bank (former)[3]
Spouse(s) Diane Cullinan [1][2][4]

Douglas R. Oberhelman (born February 25, 1953)[5] is an American businessman. He is the CEO of Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Illinois.


Early life[edit]

Oberhelman was raised in Woodstock, Illinois where his father was a John Deere salesman.[2] Oberhelman attended Millikin University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He graduated with a bachelor degree in 1975.


Oberhelman joined Caterpillar shortly after his college graduation in 1975.[2][3] He became a Caterpillar Vice President in 1995, serving as Chief Financial Officer from 1995 to 1998.[3][6] He succeeded Jim Owens as CEO on July 1, 2010 and as Chairman of the Board on November 1, 2010.[3][6]

He sat on the board of Ameren until April 27, 2010.[7] He will serve as Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of The Business Council in 2013 and 2014.[8][9]

In September 2009, he was elected to the Board of Directors of World Resources Institute.[10] [11]

Personal life[edit]

His wife, Diane Oberhelman, is chairwoman of Cullinan Properties Ltd.[1][4]

In 2011 Oberhelman earned a salary of $16.9 million, a sixty percent increase from his earnings the previous year.[12]


  1. ^ a b c McDonald, Karen (2010-09-05). "Oberhelmans out to make Laura Bush feel at home". (Peoria, Illinois: GateHouse Media). Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Doug Oberhelman: Champion of Sustainability". InterBusiness Issues (Peoria, Illinois: Central Illinois Business Publishers, Inc.). September 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Douglas R. Oberhelman". Peoria, Illinois: Caterpillar Inc. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2010-07-14. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b Gordon, Paul (2009-10-23). "Caterpillar selects Oberhelman as next CEO". Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  5. ^ "Birthdatabase Index". 
  6. ^ a b "Caterpillar Outlines Leadership Succession Plan; Board Names Doug Oberhelman Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Elect" (Press release). Peoria, Illinois: Caterpillar Inc. 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  7. ^ "Douglas R. Oberhelman". 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2010-08-02. As previously announced, Mr. Oberhelman will not stand for re-election to the Ameren board and will step down as a director effective April 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ Dow Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris Elected Chairman, The Business Council,, October 19, 2012
  9. ^ Press Release: The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris Elected Chairman, The Business Council, Yahoo!, October 19, 2012
  10. ^ World Resources Institute Biosketch of Douglas R. Oberhelman. Accessed March 27, 2012.
  11. ^ Caterpillar President, Experts in Clean Tech & Energy Markets Named Directors at WRI. Accessed March 27, 2012.
  12. ^ "Chicago Tribune; April 11, 2012". April 11, 2012.