Dave DeFreitas

Group CFO, Corporate Services

Caterpillar Inc.

Dave is Group CFO for Corporate Services at Caterpillar.  He has been with Caterpillar for 28 years and has held 17 Accounting and General Business roles in Peoria and Aurora, IL and Leicester, England.  His current responsibilities include:  Providing leadership to the Business Managers and financial reporting teams who support Finance Services, Human Services, Global Information Services, and the Global Supply Network Divisions at Caterpillar.  Dave’s team also oversees Board of Directors advance material preparation, supports the quarterly financial release, and provides direct support for the Company CFO.  


After graduating from Bradley University with a B.S. in Accounting in 1987, Dave started his career in Public Accounting before moving to Caterpillar.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and has his MBA from Northern Illinois University (1994).


Outside of work, Dave chairs the National Council of Advisors to the Foster College of Business at Bradley University and is a past chair and current member of the Department of Accounting Advisory Council at Bradley.  He is the Treasurer of his fraternity Housing Corporation (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) and he is Vice Chair for the Illinois High School Association State Basketball championship steering committee.  In 2015, Dave and his wife Co-Chaired the Passage to India Easter Seals Fundraising Banquet and Leadership Summit and is a past Co-Chair of the Central Illinois annual Easter Seals fundraising campaign.  He has also co-authored two articles in professional magazines (“Getting Lean and Mean at Caterpillar with Activity Based Management” published in the January, 2013 issue of Strategic Finance Magazine, and “Changing Performance Measures at Caterpillar” in the December, 1996 issue of Management Accounting Magazine).