The Gold Coast SUNS are pleased to announced the appointment of former Caterpillar Inc executive, Rob Charter, to the club’s board.

Charter, who lives on the Gold Coast, retired in 2018 following a distinguished career with Caterpillar Inc - the world’s largest construction equipment manufacturer – that spanned nearly 30 years.

From 2015 until his retirement, Charter was based in Chicago and served as Caterpillar Inc. group president of Customer & Dealer Support. He had responsibility for global parts sales, global marketing group, 21 warehouses worldwide, administration of 172 dealers and Caterpillar digital initiative.

SUNS Chairman Tony Cochrane said Charter was known within the company for his passion for developing and mentoring employees and for his global perspective having held positions in Asia, Latin America, the United States and Australia.

“We are very pleased Rob has agreed to join our board and know he will bring something different to the table and make a valuable contribution,” Cochrane said. 

“The SUNS are entering a very exciting phase on-field and Rob’s corporate knowledge and business connections will help us build a stronger club off-field.” 

Charter holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ballarat University and has completed the Stanford University Executive Program. 

He has previous board experience on the OSF Healthcare Children’s Hospital of Illinois, American Road and Builders Association and Association of Equipment Manufacturers. 

Today’s appointment increases the SUNS board to nine members.