Caterpillar’s Denise Johnson Named Chair of MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) announced that Denise C. Johnson, group president of Caterpillar Inc., will chair MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2024. Ms. Johnson, who first joined Caterpillar more than a decade ago, is a well-known leader in the industry and was the first woman to be inducted to the American Mining Hall of Fame.

MINExpo INTERNATIONAL, powered by the National Mining Association, is held every four years and is the world’s largest and most comprehensive global mining event, bringing together industry leaders who are ready to purchase the latest equipment and services, explore innovative new technologies, meet face-to-face with suppliers and make valuable new connections.

“I am pleased to chair the most expansive view of the latest advancements in the mining industry at MINExpo 2024,” said Ms. Johnson. “There is no better time than now to show the deep expertise that is driving innovations in safety, automation, energy management and site optimization.”

A Portland, Michigan, native, Ms. Johnson graduated from Michigan State University and earned dual master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her career has included a range of experience, including time with General Motors, where she built deep expertise in operations and product management. At Caterpillar, she rose quickly through various leadership positions and is now responsible for Caterpillar’s Resource Industries (RI) segment, which includes Integrated Components and Solutions Division, RI Operations and Products Division, Strategic Procurement & Planning Division, and the RI Sales, Services and Technology Division.

“Denise has been a longstanding leader in our industry – championing innovative thought and creativity – and is the ideal chair for the 2024 show,” said Rich Nolan, NMA President and CEO. “This year we will be utilizing the new West Hall, in addition to North and Central Halls, at the convention center, coupled with new digital formats, a wide range of engaging speakers, and new engagement opportunities for exhibitors and attendees. Denise and Caterpillar are a prime example of the bright future that lies ahead for this great industry, and I look forward to working with her in the coming months.”

MINExpo INTERNATIONAL covers the entire industry—exploration, mine development, open pit, underground mining, processing, safety, environmental improvement and more. MINExpo 2024 will take place September 24-26, 2024, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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