Corrected: Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby to take on chairman role

 Corrected: Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby to take on chairman role

(Reuters) - (The story corrects the date of Doug Oberhelman's retirement in fourth paragraph)

Caterpillar Inc said on Thursday Chief Executive Officer Jim Umpleby would take on the additional role of chairman, effective immediately.

Umpleby, a member of the board and CEO since Jan. 1, 2017, is widely credited for pulling the company out of its longest downturn - from 2012 to 2016 - when sales dropped more than 40 percent.

Deerfield, Illinois-based Caterpillar, which boosted its full-year profit outlook twice in 2018, announced the closure of two facilities earlier this year and was also considering closing an engine plant that could eliminate 880 jobs.

Doug Oberhelman, the company's last executive chairman, retired on March 31, 2017.

The industry bellwether also said on Thursday its November retail sales rose 16 percent worldwide, led by a jump in orders across all geographies, especially in North America and Asia Pacific.

(Reporting by Rachit Vats in Bengaluru and Rajesh Kumar Singh in Chicago; Editing by Maju Samuel and Phil Berlowitz)

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Updated Date: Dec 14, 2018 04:05:08 IST