People News: Cummins, TNW Corporation

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
Gbile Adewunmi, Vice President, Power Systems Industrial Markets, Cummins (left); Ashwath Ram, Vice President, Supply Chain and India Leader, Cummins (Center); and Jacob Noe, Director of Safety, TNW Corporation.

Gbile Adewunmi, Vice President, Power Systems Industrial Markets, Cummins (left); Ashwath Ram, Vice President, Supply Chain and India Leader, Cummins (Center); and Jacob Noe, Director of Safety, TNW Corporation.

Five leaders at power solutions company Cummins, Inc., and one at transportation logistics company TNW Corporation have been promoted.


Effective March 1, Cummins is elevating Ricardo Roman to Vice President, Components Finance; Michelle Probst to Vice President, Leadership and Talent Development; Gbile Adewunmi to Vice President, Power Systems Industrial Markets; and Matt McQueen to Vice President, Engine Business Supply Chain. Also, Ashwath Ram was promoted in January to Vice President, Supply Chain and India Leader, according to Columbus, Ind.-based Cummins, which comprises the five business segments of Components, Engine, Distribution, Power Systems, and Accelera by Cummins.

Jennifer Rumsey, Cummins CEO and Board Chair

“These leaders each demonstrate, in their own unique ways, a commitment to making a positive impact on our company, our customers and our people,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Cummins CEO, who added Board Chair to her role last summer. “These leaders are experts in their fields and are fiercely committed to the Cummins culture and ensuring our employees are able to reach their full potential. I am confident that, as we evolve through the energy transition and continue to drive our Destination Zero strategy forward, these leaders will help us position Cummins for even greater success in the future.”

Ricardo Roman has spent 23 years at Cummins, most recently as Controller for the Components Business Unit. According to the company, he not only helped with the successful acquisition and integration of Jacobs Vehicle Systems and Meritor, the largest acquisition in Cummins’ history, but also played a key role in evolving the Components product portfolio for the future.

Michelle Probst has nearly 14 years of Human Resources leadership experience at Cummins. She recently expanded her role from Leadership Development to leading Cummins Talent Development programs and processes globally. Under her direction, the Building Success in You program, one of Cummins’ newest focused on developing leaders at every level of the company, reached a milestone in 2023, graduating more than 4,000 employees globally since its inception. According to Cummins, she is also committed to progressing the company’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) strategy through integrating key themes into its Leadership Development framework.

Gbile Adewunmi joined Cummins in 2012 as a Manager in the Corporate Strategy group. From 2013-16, he worked in the New and ReCon Parts organization where he led the Global On-Highway Accounts and Global Product Management teams. In 2017, Adewunmi moved to South Africa as the EBU and Parts Marketing Director for the Africa Middle East ABO; then in 2019, he moved to Ghana to lead the Cummins North and West Africa Regional Distribution Organization. Adewunmi took over leadership of the PSBU Industrial Markets in January 2023 as part of the reorganization of the Power Systems Business. He has been responsible for driving, implementing and executing a global strategy for Cummins’ Defense, Marine, Mining, Oil & Gas, and Rail lines of business. He is also responsible for PSBU Aftermarket business.

Matt McQueen has spent nearly 28 years at Cummins, holding leadership positions in manufacturing, quality and supply chain. He assumed leadership of Cummins’ Engine Business Supply Chain in 2022. According to Cummins, McQueen has played a key role in repositioning its EBU plants for the future as the company continues to build out and strengthen its manufacturing and supply chain network to support the industry’s first fuel agnostic engine platforms, as well as continue to deliver more than 1.3 million advanced engines every year.

Ashwath Ram has more than 20 years’ experience at Cummins and worked directly with all five of the company’s business units. He brings strong leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset to his expanded role leading the global Supply Chain function, according to Cummins. His responsibilities include setting the strategic direction and driving operations for the company’s integrated supply chain functions globally, including Procurement; Manufacturing; Planning; New and ReCon Parts; and Health, Safety and Environment. Over the last four years, Ram has served as Managing Director of Cummins India Limited and Cummins India Leader (two responsibilities he will retain in his current scope) with accountability for managing and growing the India business.

TNW Corporation

Texas North Western Railway (TNW Corporation Photograph)

Jacob Noe has been elevated to Director of Safety at Dallas, Tex.-based TNW Corporation, which operates three short line railroads with four transload facilities in Texas and owns a railcar storage facility. He is responsible for leading the corporate safety culture, objectives, and strategic functions for all TNW properties and their associated departments. This includes safety performance and vision training strategies, regulatory policy development, and regulatory compliance and reporting, according to the transportation logistics company. Previously, Noe was TNW’s Manager of Railroad Safety and Operations. Before joining TNW in 2023, he was a second-generation employee of Norfolk Southern for 28 years.

“Jacob’s strong history in railroad operational safety makes him a natural fit for this role,” TNW COO Bobby Franklin said. “His wealth of experience will serve TNW well.”

Separately, TNW Corporation earlier this month reported promoting Jeremy Bush to Director of Operations.

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