Eaton Corporation names James L. Mason Vice President of Public and Community Affairs

Wed Jan 19, 2000 -

CLEVELAND, OH….Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) today announced the appointment of James L. Mason to the position of Vice President–Public and Community Affairs, effective immediately. Mason, who will continue to be located at Eaton Center in Cleveland, has responsibility for Eaton's federal, state and local government relations, as well as the company's charitable and community involvement initiatives.

Stephen R. Hardis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Eaton seeks to be a responsible corporate citizen in all the communities where we have facilities, and this appointment recognizes the important roles that government affairs and community relations play in that regard. We are committed to strengthening communities through volunteer involvement and charitable support, as well as working closely with all levels of government on business-related issues. This announcement reflects the outstanding job that Jim has done in representing Eaton."

Mason joined Eaton in 1976 as Manager–Public Affairs and served in Eaton's former Government Relations Office in Washington, D.C., before moving to the company's world headquarters in Cleveland. He was named Director–Public and Community Affairs in 1996. Mason holds a bachelor's degree from John Carroll University and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Eaton is a global manufacturer of highly engineered products that serve industrial, vehicle, construction, commercial, aerospace and semiconductor markets. Principal products include hydraulic products and fluid connectors, electrical power distribution and control equipment, truck drivetrain systems, engine components, ion implanters and a wide variety of controls. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the company has 64,000 employees and 205 manufacturing sites in 25 countries. Eaton's 1998 sales were $6.6 billion. The company acquired Aeroquip-Vickers, Inc. in 1999, which had sales of $2.1 billion in 1998.



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