William J. Rohner is a Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Electric Power Division. Rohner's responsibilities include global design, packaging and marketing responsibilities for Caterpillar electric power generation products. The Electric Power Division encompasses products branded with the Cat, FG Wilson, MWM and Olympian names. Operations are based in Illinois, Indiana, Georgia and South Carolina, as well as international operations in Northern Ireland, India, China, Brazil, and Germany.
In his most recent role prior to being named vice president in December 2004, Rohner served as managing director of Caterpillar Brasil Ltd. in Piracicaba. He began his Caterpillar career in 1972 and held a number of manufacturing, accounting, business analysis and technical services positions in Illinois facilities, including East Peoria, Peoria (General Offices), Mossville and Aurora. In 1988, Rohner became cost accounting manager in Joliet and then, in 1989, factory engineering manager in East Peoria. In 1995, he became general manager for the Caterpillar remanufacturing facility in Corinth, Mississippi. He moved to Japan in 1996 as managing director of Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi, Ltd. (SCM) – now Caterpillar Japan Ltd. (CJL) – and returned to the U.S. in 1998 for leadership positions in the Track-Type Tractors Division and Transmission Business Unit. He assumed the role of managing director of Caterpillar Brasil Ltd. in 2000.
Rohner graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University in 1975. He earned an Executive MBA from the University of Illinois in 1988. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Hult Health Education Center/Cancer Center for Healthy Living and the United States Energy Association (USEA).