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SAE International Announces Executive Chairs for 2009 Commercial Vehicle Congress

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 20, 2008 - Two executives from Caterpillar Inc. have agreed to serve as executive co-chairs for the SAE 2009 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibition.

Gwenne A. Hendricks, Vice President, Electronics and Connected Worksite Division and Mark R. Pflederer, Vice President, Heavy Construction & Mining Products Division, will lead the planning for the three-day event which will be held in Rosemont, Ill. , October 2009. Caterpillar Inc. will provide executive leadership for the event.

Pflederer served a three-year term as Commercial Vehicle Vice President for SAE International from 2004-2007.

“We are thrilled to have Gwenne and Mark, along with Caterpillar Inc., providing the executive leadership for the SAE 2009 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress,” V. Herbert Kaufman, Director, Commercial Vehicle Business, SAE International, said.

“The legacy of leadership that we have been able to establish and build during the five years of this event has been impressive.  I believe this says a great deal about the value that SAE International and our Commercial Vehicle Business Initiative are providing the heavy duty on-road and off-road communities. Major companies such as Caterpillar, Cummins, John Deere, Navistar and Volvo have provided significant insight and leadership to this event, allowing it to truly be industry driven, and, as a result, industry relevant,” Kaufman added. 

The SAE 2008 Commercial Vehicle Congress & Exhibition will be held Oct. 7-9 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. Cummins Inc. is providing executive leadership in the form of executive co-chairs Jim Kelly, President, Engine Business and Dr. John Wall, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

Press requesting credentials to cover the event should e-mail .


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