CLEVELAND … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) has announced that effective June 1, 2012, Ramanath Ramakrishnan has been appointed executive vice president and chief technology officer, succeeding Lennart Jonsson, who will remain with the company until June 15, 2012 to ensure a smooth transition.
“Ram’s demonstrated success in key technology positions at Eaton combined with his substantial international and diversified technology experience make him uniquely qualified to lead our technology and engineering function,” said Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer. “"His leadership will contribute significantly to our ability to continue to solve some of our era’s greatest challenges – delivering more power to help the world grow without consuming more of the world’s resources."
Ramakrishnan joined Eaton in 2005 as a director of corporate technology and most recently was senior vice president of technology for the Industrial Sector, where he led significant technology and innovation programs for Eaton’s Aerospace, Hydraulics and Vehicle businesses. Prior to that, he led the successful growth of Eaton’s India Engineering Center in Pune, India. Before joining Eaton, he had been with GE for nine years, most recently as general manager of reliability and safety engineering, and held their Global Six Sigma quality and e-engineering role for global research as well as other progressively responsible engineering roles with GE. Prior to GE he held engineering positions with Wyman-Gordon Company, an aerospace components manufacturer.
Ramakrishnan is a certified professional engineer with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bangalore University in India. He is also a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and holds two patents.
Jonsson joined Eaton in 2004 when the company acquired Powerware and served as director of engineering, with responsibility for the development of all power quality products globally. He was named vice president of technology and chief technology officer for Eaton’s Electrical Group in 2007, a position he held until 2010 when he was named executive vice president and chief technology officer.
"On behalf of Eaton, I want to extend sincere thanks to Lennart for his outstanding contributions, in both the Electrical Sector and across the enterprise,” said Cutler. “Under his watch we’ve made positive progress in building organizational capability in the company's technology and engineering functions and with development of robust technology roadmaps.”
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services 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 72,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.