Since joining Caterpillar in 1986 Utley has held a variety of engineering and general management positions including key engineering and leadership roles in the development of the near-zero-emissions engines Caterpillar sells today. She has also held general management positions in Caterpillar’s components and engines businesses.
In 2007, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named Utley vice president and Chief Technology Officer in which capacity she was responsible for redefining the company’s technology strategy, and for the development of machines and engines to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tier 4 emissions regulations—the largest product development program in the company’s history. In 2012 Utley was named vice president with responsibility for the Industrial Power Systems Division and president of Perkins Engine Company, based in Peterborough, England, where she was responsible for the profit and loss of Caterpillar’s small reciprocating engines business. She was appointed to her current position in October 2013.
Utley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University and a Master of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she was a Sloan Fellow. She currently serves as Caterpillar representative on the Board of Directors of the Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance, and is a member of the Board of Directors of SPX Corporation and the Heart of Illinois United Way. She is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the Illinois Valley Striders, and the USA Triathlon Association.