Caterpillar names new chief sustainability officer

Caterpillar has announced that Dr. Lou Balmer-Millar will become its new chief sustainability officer.
Loading, Hauling & Excavation / January 5, 2023
By Liam McLoughlin
New Caterpillar chief sustainability officer Lou Balmer-Millar
New Caterpillar chief sustainability officer Lou Balmer-Millar

She will take on the function at the quarrying and construction equipment manufacturer in addition to her current responsibility as senior VP of the large power systems division within the energy and transportation segment.

Balmer-Millar succeeds Julie Lagacy, who was Caterpillar’s first chief sustainability & strategy officer and is retiring on February 1, 2023, after nearly 35 years of service. In her capacity as chief sustainability officer, Balmer-Millar will report directly to chairman and CEO Jim Umpleby.

“Sustainability is an important focus area of our long-term strategy for profitable growth,” said Umpleby. “Building on her role in Caterpillar’s Energy & Transportation segment, this move further enhances the advancement of product solutions to support our customers during the energy transition and help them achieve their climate-related objectives by geography, by application and by specific customer need. We remain committed to helping our customers build a better, more sustainable world.”

Balmer-Millar has held several technical and business leadership positions of increased scope and responsibility over her 20-year career with Caterpillar. Prior to joining the company, she led materials and chemical engineering research efforts at the Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She has a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Science in engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. 

Balmer-Millar will work with Lagacy to transition to the role in the first quarter of 2023.

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