June 08, 2004

New Position Announcement

Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed my postings were more sporadic than usual. Well, there's been a very good reason for it:

I'm very happy to announce that I've recently joined Caterpillar Inc.'s Legal Services Division as their Legal IT Manager. This is a newly created, senior-ranking IT position for their corporate counsel division. Caterpillar (aka Cat) is a Fortune 100 company with 2003 annual revenue of $22.7 billion. Caterpillar is the world's largest manufacturer of construction equipment. You've probably seen their large earthmoving and mining equipment, and they've diversified into engine production, financial services, logistics and supply chain management, IP licensing, and other areas.

More to the point, Caterpillar has 130 talented in-house attorneys globally, which means they face many of the same challenges and needs as large international law firms, as well as those unique to corporate counsel. As such I've moved to their world headquarters in Peoria, Illinois, to help guide their legal division's technology endeavors. These will include short- and long-term strategic planning, needs and scope assessment, supervising the legal IT staff, product selection, training, knowledge management, collaboration between corporate and outside counsel, coordinating with their global IT department, process and workflow redesign, and implementing new technological solutions.

Cat is very big on Six Sigma, having already derived many benefits from it. We have more than 2,700 trained black belts, who are launching thousands of new projects this year across the entire company. Thus I'm looking forward to participating in the Six Sigma teams.

I'm very excited to join and help guide their legal team's technology development. I've included my new contact information in this vCard which many address book and contact manager programs can import (including various PDAs).

(On a personal note, while I've relocated from Milwaukee, WI, to the friendly Peoria metropolitan area, I'll be forever rooting for our beloved Packers, even against "Da Bears". However, with Peoria being a good trek southwest from Milwaukee, hopefully I'll have a little less "frozen tundra" during the year.)

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Posted by Jeff Beard

Congratulations from a faithful reader of this blog, a fellow Network Lawyer listmate, and a fellow ABA LawTech listmate. I hope your new responsibilities will not take up so much of your time that this blog or your participation in the two list servs will go by the wayside! Again, congrats!
Ann Byrne
Bremer & Nelson LLP
Grand Rapids MI

Posted by: Ann Byrne at June 8, 2004 06:30 PM

Congrats! Welcome to the great state of Illinois. Good luck, and keep in touch!

Posted by: Rick Klau at June 8, 2004 04:31 PM