Gerard Vittecoq has responsibility for Caterpillar's Europe Africa Middle East (EAME) Operations Division, EAME Marketing Division, Marine & Petroleum Power Division, Electric Power Division and Caterpillar Production System Division. He joined Caterpillar in 1975. From 1987 to 1990, he was in charge of strategy projects and was appointed director of Strategy & Planning in 1990. In 1995, he was promoted to managing director of Caterpillar France S.A. and became managing director of Caterpillar Belgium S.A.in 1997. He was elected a vice president in January 2001, overseeing the EAME Product Development & Operations Division. In Jan. 2004, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named Vittecoq group president.