Tim Lindsey

Senior Associate

Key AHC Group Assignments:

  • Clients: Army Corps of Engineers
  • Benchmarking of over a dozen Corporate Affiliates on their sustainability programs and organization
  • Chair, Technology unit of Energy Competitiveness Workshop
  • Private client work based on his work experience


Since 1980, Dr. Tim Lindsey has helped organizations increase their competitiveness through improved sustainability performance in their processes, products, and systems. He is an accomplished program and project manager with experience in multiple sectors, including: mining, manufacturing, energy, biofuels, agriculture, food processing, chemical processing, transportation, and electronics.

Dr. Lindsey is an internationally recognized expert regarding the use of sustainability principles to drive innovation. He served as Caterpillar’s first Global Director of Sustainability from 2012 to 2016, where he successfully championed the company’s transformational change to recognize sustainability as their 5th core value. During this transformation, he worked closely with various business units to implement sustainability principles throughout the corporate value chain. This included corporate roles (research, product development, human resources, accounting, strategy and risk) and operational functions (supply chain, manufacturing, quality, logistics, dealerships and customer operations).

Prior to his Caterpillar career, Dr. Lindsey spent 20 years at the University of Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, where he led their sustainability research, education, and outreach efforts. In his roles there, he worked with hundreds of companies across multiple sectors to improve their sustainability performance. Prior to his work with the University of Illinois, Dr. Lindsey was with Exxon for seven years in Wyoming at one of the world’s largest mining operations. He served Exxon in the roles of Reclamation Manager, Safety Manager, and Senior Project Manager, where he supervised the activities of 40 contractors and over 1,000 personnel.

He has authored multiple publications on sustainable business innovation; and in July of 2017 his book titled Headwinds of Opportunity: A Compass for Sustainable Innovation was published by Routledge. Dr. Lindsey holds three U.S. patents regarding industrial fluids management and water purification. In January of 2016, he founded Highlander Innovation Inc., where he and his colleagues help businesses drive and implement more sustainable innovation and strategy.

Dr. Lindsey holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois.

Tim Lindsey
Tim Lindsey

Headwinds of Opportunity
Read an extract from Tim Lindsey’s book,
Headwinds of Opportunity

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