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Bihary named vice president—Communications
CLEVELAND, OHIO....Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) today named Kristen M. Bihary to the position of vice president—Communications, effective June 21, 1999. She will have worldwide responsibility for the company’s internal and external communications activities, as well as the corporate identity function. Bihary will report to Gerald L. Gherlein, executive vice president and general counsel.
Bihary takes over the communications responsibilities previously held by John W. Hushen, vice president—Corporate Affairs, who announced his retirement earlier this week. James L. Mason, director of Public and Community Affairs, who has reported to Hushen, will now report to Gherlein.
Bihary joins Eaton from Shell Chemical Company in Houston, Texas, where she was vice president, External Affairs, Internal and Marketing Communications.
From 1975 to 1984 she worked in a variety of public affairs positions at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In 1984, she joined the public relations and marketing firm of Watt, Roop & Co. as an account manager, and in 1987 was promoted to vice president.
In 1989, Bihary became director of Marketing Services for Medimetrix Group, a Cleveland-based firm that specializes in consulting on health issues. In 1991, she was named director, Corporate Communications, for Johnson & Johnson’s Pharmaceutical Research Institute and later, for Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical companies. Bihary joined Varity Corporation in 1995 as vice president, Public Affairs, and in 1998, was named by Shell Chemical Company, a unit of Royal Dutch/Shell Group, to her most recent position.
Bihary, a native Clevelander, graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. in social psychology in 1975. She will be located at Eaton Center.
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, the company has 65,000 employees and 215 manufacturing sites in 25 countries around the world. Eaton's sales for 1998 were $6.6 billion. On April 9, 1999, Eaton acquired Aeroquip-Vickers, Inc., which had sales of $2.1 billion in 1998.