Emerson makes key personnel moves--- Berra moves upstairs
EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS
Steven A. Sonnenberg named executive vice president of Emerson and business leader of Emerson Process Management
John M. Berra to become chairman of Emerson Process Management
AUSTIN, TEXAS (September 22, 2008) – John M. Berra, president of Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), today announced a number of leadership changes to take place over the next few months. Effective Oct. 1, 2008, Steven A. Sonnenberg will become executive vice president of Emerson and business leader of Emerson Process Management, serving as president. Berra, who has been business leader since 2000, is taking a new role as chairman of Emerson Process Management to focus on strategic planning, technology, key customer relationships and organizational planning.
"Steve is an integral member of the Emerson management team and has long played a strong role in growing Emerson Process Management’s leading position around the world," Berra said. "I’m excited for the future of this business under his leadership."
Sonnenberg joined Emerson in 1979 as a marketing analyst with Brooks Instrument. He assumed a number of marketing and general management positions in Germany, London and Asia Pacific. In 2000, Sonnenberg was appointed president of Emerson Process Management Asia Pacific and in 2002, he was appointed president of Rosemount. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Georgia Tech and a master of business administration from University of Virginia.
Berra announced additional changes to the Emerson Process Management structure including:
• Michael H. Train, president of Emerson Process Management Asia Pacific, will become president of Rosemount and will return to the United States from Singapore. He joined Emerson in 1991 as an international planner and in 1994 he moved to Hong Kong and became the vice president of planning and development for Emerson Asia Pacific. Later, he became president of Emerson Japan and in 1997, he returned to St. Louis as vice president of corporate planning and international. In 2002, Train returned to Asia in his current role. Train holds a bachelor’s degree from General Motors Institute and a master of business administration from Cornell University.
• Sabee Mitra, president of Emerson Process Management Middle East has been named president of Emerson Process Management Asia Pacific and will move to Singapore. Mitra began his career at Emerson in 1996 as a marketing manager and has risen through a series of increasingly responsible positions in Emerson Process Management – including vice president of flow sales Asia Pacific, and vice president of Emerson Process Management-Rosemount Asia Pacific. Mitra holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Jadavpur University.
• David A. Tredinnick, vice president Southeast Asia for Emerson Process Management Asia Pacific, will move to Dubai and replace Mitra as President of Emerson Process Management Middle East. Tredinnick began his career at Brooks Instrument in 1980 as service manager. He held a number of sales and marketing leadership roles in the United States and Asia Pacific and in 1999 became managing director for Asia Pacific at the Daniel division. In 2003, he was promoted to vice president sales for Daniel Asia Pacific, and was appointed to his current position in 2005. Tredinnick holds an associate’s degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University.
• Gene Shanahan, group vice president for the Emerson Process Management Flow Group will retire Oct. 1, 2008 after 21 years of service to Emerson. Shanahan came to Emerson with the Dieterich Standard acquisition in 1996, and has led the Flow Group over the last three years.
• Larry W. Flatt will replace Shanahan effective Oct. 1, 2008. Flatt began his career at Emerson in 1979 as an employee relations supervisor for the special products division. He moved to the Appleton Division and served in a number of personnel management roles, and in 1987, he moved to Micro Motion as vice president of human resources. In 1993, Flatt moved to Fisher Rosemount Systems as vice president of human resources and in 1996, he became president of Lenexa. He was appointed president of Fusite in 1998 and president of Emerson Process Management Regulators in 2001. Flatt holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Murray State University and a master of business administration from University of Colorado.
"Emerson Process Management has the strongest management team in our industry, and I am confident that these new assignments and responsibilities will continue to provide a solid foundation of leadership for future growth," Berra said.