Clay Thompson

Vice President, Latin America Sales and Operations

Clay Thompson is Vice President with responsibility for Latin America Sales and Operations.  Previously, he served as VP of Aftermarket Financial Services and President of Caterpillar Financial Insurance Services.   

Clay joined the Caterpillar Legal Department in 1997, and held positions of increasing responsibility, including General Counsel to the Asia Pacific Division (Singapore) and to the Financial Products Division (Nashville). After leaving the Legal Department in 2005, Clay held a variety of leadership positions elsewhere in Caterpillar, including Beijing, where he managed Emerging Markets Strategy; Tokyo, where he led Cat Japan’s Product Management Group; and Washington D.C. where he managed Caterpillar’s Corporate Government Affairs Department.

Clay graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa, with a bachelor’s degree in English. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa and an MBA with concentrations in International Business and Economics from the University of Chicago.

Clay is a past Chairman of the Board of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, The Martha O’Bryan Center, East End Preparatory School and Tennesseans for Student Success. He currently serves on the Central College Board of Trustees.

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