Rod graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1984 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He then obtained his M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago, Illinois. In 1995, Rod was inducted in Rose-Hulman’s Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2012, Rod was appointed Board Member for Junior Achievement of Central Illinois.
Rod joined Komatsu America Corp. in 1987 as a Product Manager for Utility Equipment. He has held numerous assignments with increasing responsibility in the areas of marketing, sales and management.
In April, 2012, Rod was appointed Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Komatsu America Corp. headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. In his role, Rod has responsibility for leading and directing Komatsu America Corp’s. Construction and Utility, Mining, Parts, Finance, Forestry, Forklift, Manufacturing and Engineering Divisions along with the corresponding back office support functions of Legal, Human Resources, Information Technology, Service Support and Marketing. Effective July 1, 2013, Rod assumed the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Komatsu America Corp.