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Cummins Inc. CEO Talks Innovation and Globalization at Spelman


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ATLANTA (Nov. 1, 2011) -- On Thursday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m., watch live at www.spelman.edu as Tim Solso, chairman and CEO Cummins Inc., joins Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., for a discussion on “Globalization and the New Economy: A CEO’s Perspective.”

The conversation between Solso and Dr. Tatum will focus on how to achieve success in a global economy. This event is part of President Tatum’s conversation series "Innovation and the New Economy: Where do Black women fit?" which brings thought leaders to the College to discuss the vital role of innovation in today's challenging economy.

Solso has been with Cummins for more than 40 years. He joined the company, after graduating from the Harvard Business School, as the assistant to the vice president of Personnel. He was quickly given the opportunity to grow into larger roles, including international assignments in Europe and Brazil, which gave him an appreciation for the global potential of Cummins that is being realized today.

Of his many accomplishments over the past four decades, Solso notes that he is most proud of the Company's financial success after it emerged from one of its lowest periods from 2001 to 2003. The Company rebounded from a deep recession and weakness in key markets by restructuring its business and making a significant commitment to quality and cost control through the introduction of Six Sigma.

As a result, the Company enjoyed record sales and profits from 2004-2008 and is well on its way to even stronger performance today as the global economy recovers from the recession of 2008 and 2009.


About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the college’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard College Dean Evelyn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu
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