Eaton appoints David Chen president of company's China operations


CLEVELAND, OH...Eaton Corporation today announced the appointment of David Chen as the company's president for China. Chen will be based in Shanghai.

In making the announcement in Shanghai, Eaton President and Chief Operating Officer, Alexander M. Cutler, said, "David Chen's appointment is another significant step in our overall China strategy, and symbolizes the importance we attach to China as both a manufacturing base, and one of our fastest-growing markets."

Chen, who will report to Laurence M. Iwan, Eaton Vice President Asia/Pacific, will be responsible for assisting Eaton's operating units in developing a China presence, and leading Eaton's team in identifying opportunities for Eaton in China. He will also assist operating units in implementing business strategies to take advantage of those opportunities.

"David Chen's appointment will allow Eaton to continue to both accelerate our development of manufacturing operations, and serve our growing list of key customers in markets ranging from the automotive industry, to industrial equipment, and from appliance manufacturers to the construction industry," Iwan said.

After receiving undergraduate technical degrees from The New Medical School in Janjing, China, and from the University of New Orleans, Chen received a master of science degree from Cornell University in 1986. Prior to joining Eaton, he was chief representative for China for the BOC Group plc, a British company that is one of the world's leading suppliers of industrial and specialty gasses, with 1995 sales of 4.5 billion pounds sterling.

Eaton Corporation is a global manufacturer of highly engineered products which serve vehicle, industrial, construction, commercial and aerospace markets. Principal products include truck transmissions and axles, engine components, hydraulic products, electrical power distribution and control equipment, ion implanters and a wide variety of controls. Headquartered in Cleveland, the company has 54,000 employees and 155 manufacturing sites in 26 countries around the world. Sales for 1995 were $6.8 billion.



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