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Ritesh S. Gupta

Director of Product at Caterpillar Inc.

Summary

Passionate product leader with 15 years of global experience in delivering industry leading digital solutions to improve productivity and safety of construction & mine sites.  Lead a team of Product Managers, Customer Experience Designers, Solution Architects, SAFe Agile Program Managers, Data Science and DevOps across India and Australia ($30M+ Yearly Spend and 350+ team members) to deliver Site Level Autonomy for Construction and Mine Sites. In my next role, I want to directly work with a founder to make his/her vision a reality.

Current Job Role

  • Director of Product - 2019 - Present
  • Establish, cascade and communicate clear product vision to drive organization focus and alignment.
  • Building and growing an exceptional team. 
  • Maintain a culture of quality, appreciation and self-organized teams.
  • Define and follow best in class product development process.
  • Groom end to end product design eco-system including user-research, interviews, competitive research, ideation, prototyping, wireframing and usability testing.
  • Participate in Architecture Review Session,  ensure alignment with long term roadmap and minimize tech-debt.
  • Establish required engineering development capacity while ensuring business flexibility.
  • Create balance between end user and business expectation.
  • Manage financial health of product vertical.

Work History

Caterpillar Inc.
2019- Present

Director of Product

  • Developed and made products commercially available: eRoutes, Dispatch for Loading, Cat Productivity, MineStar Edge. Currently serving customer sites globally. These solutions enable customers to measure production at site, improve predictability & safety.
  • Deployed Site Autonomy solution (Multiple autonomous machines orchestrating tasks without human intervention) for Mass Excavation customer trial.
Caterpillar Inc.
June 20172019

Engineering Manager

Create organization structure and establish teams for Construction Industries Productivity and Autonomy Solutions

  • Site productivity calculation and visualization for: Road Construction, Pit Management, Quarry Management & Mass Haul
  • Establish CX & Data Science competency for Caterpillar in India. 
  • Deploy "Design Thinking" Ideation and Solution Conceptualization
Caterpillar Inc.
Feb 2013May 2017

Product Owner (2+ Yr in US)

  • Define mobility app based product portfolio for Caterpillar Inc. to provide solutions for construction industry. Adopted design thinking process, interviewed more then 100 construction companies in US and India. 
  • Development and execution of digital strategy for increasing engagement with small-scale, construction industry, business owners by providing viral digital solutions while working along side a customer panel.
  • Liaison with Caterpillar Forestry Product Group and Caterpillar development team by gathering requirements, conceptualizing solutions and deploying Advanced Productivity solution for forestry products in Azure Cloud Based Platform. 
  • Liaison with Peter Kiewit & Sons, AEMP feed providers, Third Party feed providers and Caterpillar development team to gather requirements, conceptualize solutions, validate integration and facilitate deployment of Mixed Fleet  Asset Management Portal (38K + Assets) in Amazon Web Services cloud platform. 
Caterpillar Inc
Jan 2010Jan 2013

Project Manager (India)

New Product Introduction: Development of high beam automatic detection system (Auto-Dipper) to meet Director General of Mining Safety requirements in India region for mining trucks. System was developed and deployed.

New Technology Initiative: Validate and recommend on-board technologies to be utilized in Caterpillar machines.

  • Bluetooth Vs Wifi-Direct
  • Two Wire Ethernet

Recommended technologies were adopted by Caterpillar.

Cost Reduction: Delivered electronic components cost reduction worth more than $1 M for Global and Regional machines

Caterpillar Inc
Jun 2007Dec 2009

Engineer (9 months in US)

Design and development of various electrical and electronic components ranging from components for electric drives, sensors and starters

Awards

  • Contractor choice award for Cat Productivity solution in 2020
  • Top 30 Asphalt Contractors Award for eRoutes paving solution in 2019.
  • Group president award for Innovation in 2016 and nomination at chairman's level.
  • Chairman's award for exceptional quality improvement of electronic sensors  in 2014
  • Recognized by chairman by receiving award of long term incentive plan in 2009

Certification

  • Building accountable leadership
  • 6- Sigma Black Belt - DMED/DMAIC
  • Continuous Process Improvement Black Belt

Education

IIT Madras
Jul 2002Jul 2007

M.Tech and B.Tech in Electrical Engineering