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Former Caterpillar Executive Joins ABCG

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Former Caterpillar Vice President and Chairman of Caterpillar Global Mining Europe GmbH Robert Droogleever has joined customer experience consultancy abcg in an advisory capacity.

With a career spanning over three decades, Droogleever brings a wealth of knowledge and senior-level expertise to abcg, positioning the consultancy to provide valuable insights and guidance to its clients.

Droogleever’s distinguished career at Caterpillar included managing operating companies with turnovers in excess of US $1 billion, and living and working in Germany, the UK, Russia, the United States and Switzerland.

He says: “I understand supply chain optimization and where strategic decisions on supply chain should be made. Today, we need to bring supply chains back from China or explore safer markets like Thailand or India.

“I can also offer product management insights, particularly in R&D decision-making, and have experience in electrification projects. Additionally, I have a strong affinity for dealers and distribution.

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“I look forward to advising marketing managers, CEOs, and vice presidents on their specific challenges and helping them address them effectively.”

With an extensive background in product lines, R&D, and strategy, Droogleever will offer strategic guidance and support to abcg clients. His expertise includes electrification, autonomy and digitalization.

Droogleever’s journey began in the Netherlands, where he studied mining engineering. He then embarked on his career at Caterpillar, initially in Switzerland as a trainee, eventually transitioning to sales and marketing roles, before progressing to product management in the United States where he took charge of the large wheel loader line and focused on product development.

Subsequently, Droogleever career led him to Germany, where he managed distribution for Germany and Eastern Europe, expanding to Poland, Hungary, Romania, Switzerland, and Austria. His next challenge took him to Russia, where he led Caterpillar’s Russian business during a period of explosive growth between 2004 and 2008.

Following his successful tenure in Russia, Droogleever assumed leadership of Caterpillar’s backhoe loader business in Leicester, UK. Under his guidance, the business achieved significant growth by bringing business back from the US to the UK plant, optimizing volume, and enhancing economies of scale.

His role in managing high-volume production, ensuring a smoothly functioning supply chain, and learning from operational challenges, contributed to his career’s success. In 2013, he took on responsibility for Caterpillar’s underground business after Caterpillar’s acquisition of Bucyrus.

In 2020, Droogleever was entrusted with overseeing Caterpillar’s large mining accounts, including major players like Rio Tinto, Anglo-American, and Vale. His team managed contracts and provided essential support to these influential clients.

Droogleever holds a Master of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Delft University of Technology. He has also completed advanced programs, including Stanford University’s Executive Program and the INSEAD International Directors Program.

In addition to executive and non-executive roles, Droogleever has sat on the board of the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) in the United Kingdom, also serving on the Steering Committee of the Initiative for Cleaner and Safer Vehicles.

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