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New Commercial Vehicle Vice President Slated for SAE International

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 12, 2007 - Richard E. “Ric” Kleine is the nominee for the Commercial Vehicle Vice President of SAE International. 

This elected position entails serving a three-year term on the SAE Board of Directors beginning in January 2008.  Kleine succeeds Mark R. Pflederer, Vice President, Heavy Construction & Mining Products Division of Caterpillar Inc. who was the inaugural SAE Commercial Vehicle Vice President.

Kleine, who also is Vice President of Off Highway Business for Cummins Inc, will be responsible for providing leadership and continuity for SAE International's commercial vehicle initiative and for integrating the needs of commercial vehicles across SAE International's programs for standards, events and educational programs. SAE International also elects vice presidents for its aerospace and automotive sectors. 

Kleine has been with Cummins since 1981. He has held various leadership positions in engineering and marketing. Prior to his current role as head of the Cummins Off Highway business group, he was Executive Director of Automotive Customer Engineering. Other positions he has held include Director of the Automotive Business located in the , Director of Automotive Marketing and Product Planning; Chief Engineer of Advanced Concepts; Manager of Application Engineering for Automotive and Industrial products.

Kleine holds Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Technology Education from Indiana State University ; and a Doctorate in Technology from West Virginia University . He has been a member of SAE since 1986, serving on numerous committees including the Commercial Vehicle Executive Planning Council; the Commercial Vehicle Activity Committee; the Commercial Vehicle Engineering Operations Activity Executive Committee; and the Buckendale Lecture Committee.

SAE International defines commercial vehicle as any vehicle used on-road or off-road for commerce purposes and includes heavy duty on-highway trucks and busses; construction, mining, industrial, material handling, forestry and agricultural equipment; medium and lights duty trucks; and military vehicles. 


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