Trinity Appoints E. Jean Savage CEO and President

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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“Trinity’s third quarter results reflect significantly stronger performance, with revenue growth of 65% as compared to a year ago.” – E. Jean Savage, President and CEO of Trinity Industries

Trinity Industries, Inc. has named E. Jean Savage Chief Executive Officer and President, effective Feb. 17, 2020. Savage, 55 and a member of the company’s board of directors since November 2018, comes to Trinity from the Surface Mining & Technology division of Caterpillar Inc., where she has been Vice President. She will remain a member of the Trinity board.

Savage “brings significant executive experience in the industrial, engineering and rail transportation sectors,” Trinity said in announcing her appointment. “She most recently spent 17 years at Caterpillar Inc. in a variety of senior leadership positions. Since 2017, she has served as Vice President of the Surface Mining & Technology division of Caterpillar Inc., a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. In this role, she oversaw the division’s end-to-end value chain, ensuring a customer-centric approach in product design, development, operations, and sales. She was also responsible for Caterpillar’s Sales and Marketing and Technology groups, which covered all products in Caterpillar’s Resource Industries Group, serving the mining sector.”

From 2014 to 2017, Savage was Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Caterpillar’s Innovation and Technology Development Division. From 2009 to 2014, she held various leadership roles in Caterpillar’s subsidiary Progress Rail Services (PRS), a supplier of railroad and transit products and services as well as railcar leasing, including serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Locomotive and Railcar Services business unit from 2002 to 2013. Savage joined PRS in 2002 as Vice President for Quality and Continuous Improvement. She also served as Vice President of Progress Rail’s Freight Car Repair, Parts and Quality Divisions.

Prior to joining Caterpillar, Savage worked in a variety of operations and engineering positions in her 14 years at Parker Hannifin Corp., a supplier of motion and control technologies and systems. She began her career spending nine years as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves. She has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Dayton.

“We are thrilled to have Jean join the Trinity management team as CEO and President,” said Trinity non-executive Chairman Leldon Echols. “As fellow Board members, we have been fortunate to benefit from Jean’s understanding of both the leasing and manufacturing businesses and the value creation potential of each. She has a proven track record transforming other large organizations and deep experience optimizing manufacturing operations and corporate infrastructure. Jean’s knowledge of Trinity and the rail industry will enable her to hit the ground running in her new leadership role while at the same time bringing fresh perspective to the company as we continue to deliver on our customers’ expectations and strive to enhance the value we create for our shareholders.”

“Trinity has transformed as a company to become a leading rail-focused platform of businesses,” Savage said. “Management and the Board are focused on optimizing the platform to fully capture the financial and commercial benefits it enables, as well as pursuing innovative service solutions to further enhance the value proposition for customers. Trinity has a talented team of employees and a strong corporate culture of premier performance, and I am confident that together we can deliver both strong financial and operational performance throughout the rail cycle.”