Emerson Announces Management Promotions

October 31, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Emerson announced a number of key leadership changes that will become effective June 1, 2011. D. Scott Barbour will be named Executive Vice President of Emerson and business leader of Emerson Network Power Systems, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Edward K. Feeney, who has been business leader since 2007, will become Chairman of Emerson Network Power Systems. In their new roles, Feeney and Barbour will report to the Office of the Chief Executive.

"Scott has done an outstanding job over many years with Emerson Climate Technologies, driving new levels of technology innovation and global service for our customers," said David N. Farr, Chairman and CEO, Emerson. "I am confident that this talent, leadership and commitment will bring continuing success and new opportunities for growth in our Network Power business."

After beginning his career at Emerson as a program manager in 1989, Barbour held increasingly responsible positions at Copeland Corporation including product planning, residential market manager, and Director and Vice President of air conditioning marketing respectively. In 1998 he became executive vice president and later also General Manager of the A/C business, and in 2003 was named President of that business. Since 2008, Barbour has served as President of Emerson Climate Technologies – Asia and was named Group Vice President in 2010.

As Chairman, Feeney will focus on strategic planning, technology, key customer relationships and organizational planning.

Farr announced additional changes to the Emerson Network Power management structure:

Charles E. Spears, President of Liebert North America since 2007, will become President of Liebert Corporation, reporting to Barbour. He joined Copeland Corporation in 1978 and held several senior positions in the company’s Scroll operations before being named President Copeland-Asia in 1999 and President Emerson Climate Technologies-Europe in 2003.

Francis W. Bibens, President of Liebert Services, will become President of Emerson Network Power Systems Global Services, reporting to Barbour. He joined the company in 2006 following 27 years at GE, rising to General Manager of Global Operations and Maintenance.

Steve C. Hassell, President of Avocent, will now report to Barbour. He joined Emerson as Vice President and CIO in 2004, and was named president of Avocent in 2010.

Manish Bhandari has been promoted to President of Emerson Network Power’s Industrial UPS business, reporting to Barbour, and will relocate to Lyon, France. He joined Emerson as a corporate planner in 2002, rising to Vice President and General Manager of Sales and Marketing for Emerson Network Power Energy Systems North America in 2008.