Title: Member, Board of Directors, Ford Motor Company
Gerald L. Shaheen is retired group president of Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Illinois. He had responsibility for the design, development, and production of Caterpillar’s large construction and mining equipment, as well as the company’s U.S. operations division. He was also responsible for marketing and sales operations in North America, Caterpillar’s components business, and Caterpillar’s research and development division. During his 41 years with the company, he held numerous marketing and management positions, both in the United States and Europe, and at one time had responsibility for Caterpillar’s business in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union.
Shaheen received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bradley University in 1966 and an MBA from Bradley in 1968. He has served the University in several capacities, including president of the Alumni Association and currently as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He was recognized as Distinguished Alumnus in 1993 and inducted into the Centurion Society that same year. He completed the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth College in 1988.
Shaheen is a Board member and immediate past Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and a Board member of the National Chamber Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of AGCO Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and National City Corporation. In Peoria, Shaheen serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter, and Peoria NEXT.