Tom Linebarger is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Cummins Inc., a global technology leader with a broad portfolio of power solutions.
In this role, he oversees the strategic direction and growth initiatives of the 100-year old, Indiana-based company. Cummins is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of engines and related technologies; and a provider of global service and support in 190 countries across a network of approximately 7,500 distributor and dealer locations.
Tom became chairman and CEO in January 2012. Before that, he served as president and COO from 2008 to 2011, executive vice president and president, Power Generation Business from 2003 to 2008, vice president and chief financial officer from 2000 to 2003, and vice president, supply chain management from 1998 to 2000.
Tom was initially attracted to Cummins’ purpose-driven approach to business. That was reinforced during a summer internship at the Cummins MidRange Engine plant in Walesboro, Indiana. He liked the values, the people, and the business challenges he found at Cummins and decided to join full time in February 1993. Prior to Cummins, Tom was an investment analyst and investment manager at Prudential Investment Corporation, working in both Singapore and Hong Kong.
In addition to his work at Cummins, Tom is actively involved with both global and local organizations. He has been a member of the board of directors of Harley Davidson since 2008. He is a board member of the Business Roundtable where he serves as chair of the International Engagement Committee, working with government officials on crafting legislation that impacts American businesses. He is also a member of the executive committee, U.S.-China Business Council, Energy Systems Network, and Canvas. Locally, he acts as committee chair of the Personal Mobility Network’s Corporate Advisory Committee, which focuses on improving public transportation for the residents of Indianapolis, IN. In 2018, Tom was appointed as a steering group member of the Hydrogen Council, a global organization developing strategies and solutions in support of an energy transition to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
Tom grew up in California and in 1986 received joint undergraduate degrees in management engineering from Claremont McKenna College and mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He later returned to Stanford University to earn an MS in manufacturing systems from the School of Engineering and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business in 1993.
Tom and his wife Michele live in Indianapolis and enjoy traveling to spend time with their adult daughters, Alex and Emily.