Perkins Engines Company announces leadership changes

David Nicoll and Jason Kern.

Perkins Engines Company has announced that David Nicoll has joined the Industrial Large Engine department as product manager.

Nicoll will lead global strategy, product introductions and lifecycle management for Industrial 9.3 to 18 litre engines at the Mossville facility in Illinois.

In Nicoll’s decades-long tenure at Caterpillar, which acquired Perkins in 1998, he has gained experience across a wide variety of roles in distribution, machine and engine businesses.   

“It’s clear David’s passion lies in seeing our customers thrive,” said Jaz Gill, Perkins’ vice president of global sales, marketing, service and parts.

“His customer-focused approach is key to his — and our company’s — success. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact that his distinctive outlook will bring to the large engine division and Perkins as a whole.”

Before beginning his career at Caterpillar, Nicoll earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Bradley University, and went on to earn his MBA from the University of Cambridge Judge Business school. He also serves as a leader with several professional organizations such as the Association of Equipment Manufacturers Components Committee.

Succeeding David will be Jason Kern, fulfilling the role of marketing and channel development director. In this role, Kern will be responsible for execution of global marketing and rental strategies and leading the Perkins Distributor Excellence program.

In his career with Caterpillar, Kern has held multiple titles of increasing importance including marketing supervisor in Aurora, Illinois, commercial manager in Grenoble, France, Americas regional product manager and most recently, large HEX global growth manager.  

“Jason brings a unique set of talent and skills to Perkins,” Jaz said. “The positions he’s held within the business have earned him global recognition both in and outside of the organisation, and his innovative spirit and passion will be an excellent fit for his new leadership role.”

As a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Jason began his Caterpillar career on the marketing training programme. Since then, Jason has earned his M.B.A. from Bradley University.  

Jason will be located at the Seguin facility in Texas.