Cummins Inc. has announced Ed Pence, vice president of strategic initiatives, is retiring after 36 years with the company. He is a native of Columbus and said he was grateful for the chance to work at Cummins. Pence still remembers how excited he was to get a job offer from the company after graduating from Indiana University in 1981.

He began his career at Cummins in purchasing, which he credits for helping him learn about the company’s products and operations. Pence then worked as an account manager before becoming the industrial sales manager for Cummins Diesel Australia. He next served as an account executive working with heavy duty truck customers, overcoming stiff competition and industry trends such as vertical integration, before becoming the leader of the High Horsepower Engine Business in 2012.

Most recently, Pence played a key role in restructuring that led to High Horsepower’s merging with Cummins Power Generation to become Cummins Power Systems. He then joined Linebarger’s executive team and played a key role in laying the groundwork for the Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Joint Venture announced earlier this year.

While he enjoyed his role in the company’s evolution into a global power leader, Pence says he also took tremendous satisfaction from serving as a mentor to other employees. He was known for carrying a small copy of the company’s Mission, Vision and Values in his shirt pocket.