Eaton Names Yannis P. Tsavalas President – Europe, Middle East And Africa; Jean-Pierre Lacombe Announces Retirement

Date: June 17, 2009

CLEVELAND … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) has named Yannis P. Tsavalas president – Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region effective July 1. He succeeds Jean-Pierre Lacombe who is retiring. Tsavalas will report to Thomas S. Gross, vice chairman and chief operating officer for Eaton’s Electrical Sector.

Tsavalas joined Eaton in 2005 from General Electric where he was chief technology officer for GE Lighting and general manager, Global Lighting Technology. Most recently, he served Eaton as senior vice president and chief technology officer. He will continue to serve in this position until a replacement is named.

“Yannis will work with the region’s business leaders to develop opportunities to expand Eaton’s presence in our markets,” said Gross. “Since joining Eaton, Yannis has led delivery of global engineering solutions that differentiate Eaton’s capabilities with our customers. His regional knowledge, energy and drive for success will be great additions to our operating plans for this important region.”  

Tsavalas earned a master’s of science in applied mechanics from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in Manchester, England, and a bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering from Kingston Polytechnic in Kingston Upon Thames, England. In his new role, he will be located in Morges, Switzerland.

Lacombe was named president – Europe, Middle East and Africa for Eaton in April 2008. He had served as vice president – Europe since 2000.

“As our regional leader for Europe, JP has overseen significant growth in Eaton’s European operations as well as in our regional headquarters,” said Gross. “His leadership has been important in furthering Eaton’s presence and reputation both in acquired businesses and across the EMEA markets. We have benefitted from his knowledge and experience and wish him well in his retirement.”

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2008 sales of $15.4 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 75,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.

Kelly Jasko, (216) 523-5304 (U.S.)
Michael Praeger, 41 21 811 47 43 (EMEA)