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Steve Larson will receive WIU's College of Business and Technology's Distinguished Alumnus Award on Nov. 19.
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Caterpillar Executive to Receive CBT Distinguished Alum Award on Nov. 19

November 14, 2008

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University's College of Business and Technology (CBT) is pleased to announce Steve Larson as recipient of the 2008 CBT Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Larson is a vice president of Peoria (IL)-based Caterpillar Inc. and chairman and president of Caterpillar Logistics Services Inc. (Cat Logistics). Cat Logistics serves the supply-chain strategy and design and logistics needs of Caterpillar Inc., as well as for more than 65 companies in a variety of industries, including high tech, automotive, industrial, aerospace and defense and consumer durables.

Larson joined Caterpillar in 1979. He has held a series of positions in the company with growing responsibilities in the areas of accounting, finance and marketing. In 1995 he was named a product and marketing manager in the North American Commercial Division (NACD), and he later held positions as a district manager, product manager for large track-type tractors and regional manager. In 2003, Larson moved to Singapore to become a vice president of Caterpillar Financial Services Corp. He was named a president of the Americas region of Caterpillar Logistics Services in 2005.

Larson is a 1978 and 1979 CBT graduate; he holds an undergraduate accounting degree and an MBA. He also completed an advanced management program through Duke University.

Larson serves as a member of WIU's President's Advisory Board, and he is a commissioner on the board of the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria. He and his wife, Tina, and daughter, Alexa, reside in Peoria.

Larson will visit campus on Wednesday, Nov. 19 for a luncheon, formal recognition ceremony and class sessions with students.

The CBT Distinguished Alumnus Award is bestowed annually to a WIU CBT graduate who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and outstanding career success; the first award was given in 1987.

For more information, contact Schuyler Meixner, assistant to the dean, at (309) 298-2442 or

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