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Eaton leadership team
Pictured left to right: Craig Arnold, Chairman and CEO; Revathi Advaithi, President and Chief Operating Officer, Electrical Sector; Uday Yadav,  President and Chief Operating Officer, Industrial Sector; and Richard H. Fearon, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial and Planning Officer.

Craig Arnold

Craig Arnold is chairman and chief executive officer of Eaton, a power management company.

Arnold became chairman and CEO on June 1, 2016. He was appointed a member of the company’s board of directors and named Eaton’s president and chief operating officer on Sept. 1, 2015.

Previously, he was vice chairman and chief operating officer, Industrial Sector, from February 2009 to August 2015. Arnold joined Eaton in 2000 as senior vice president and group executive of the Fluid Power Group.

Arnold previously worked at General Electric Company where he had served as corporate vice president and president, GE Lighting Services Ltd. since 1999.

At GE, he led the company’s lighting business in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.

Arnold started his professional career with General Electric in 1983 and later served as corporate vice president and president of GE Plastics, Greater China and then of GE Appliances, Asia from 1997 to 1999.

Arnold received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, San Bernardino, and a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University.

He currently serves on the board of directors of Medtronic, Inc. and University Hospitals Health System, Cleveland. Additionally, he is a member of The Business Roundtable and The Business Council, and the board of directors of The Greater Cleveland Partnership, United Way of Greater Cleveland and the advisory board of The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland.

Richard H. Fearon

Richard H. Fearon is vice chairman and chief financial and planning officer and a member of the board of directors of Eaton Corporation.

In this role, he has responsibility for the accounting, control, corporate development, information systems, internal audit, investor relations, strategic planning, tax and treasury functions. Fearon joined Eaton in 2002.

Prior to Eaton, Fearon worked at several large diversified companies, including Transamerica Corporation in San Francisco, NatSteel Limited in Singapore and The Walt Disney Company in Burbank. Fearon's prior work experience also includes The Boston Consulting Group, Booz Allen Hamilton and Willow Place Partners.

Fearon received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, with distinction, from Stanford University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He later received a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Fearon is a member of the California Bar.

Fearon serves on the boards of PolyOne Corporation, where he serves as the Lead Director; The Playhouse Square Foundation; the Cleveland Museum of Art; and Manufacturers Alliance, a trade organization of leading manufacturing companies.

Revathi Advaithi

Revathi Advaithi is president and chief operating officer, Electrical Sector for Eaton, a power management company.

In this role, she is responsible for the company's global electrical business and also has corporate responsibility for Eaton's Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Previously, Advaithi was president of the Electrical Sector, Americas and was responsible for the company's Electrical business in North, South and Central America.

Prior to that role, Advaithi was the President of the Electrical Sector – Asia Pacific in Shanghai, China.

Advaithi joined Eaton in 1995 in the Global Leadership Development Program as a manufacturing supervisor at the Shawnee, Oklahoma facility. After that she held several roles in the U.S. and Europe. Advaithi left Eaton in 2002 to join Honeywell where she held several senior roles within the sourcing and supply chain functions before being named vice president and general manager of Honeywell's Field Solutions business in 2006. She rejoined Eaton in 2008 as vice president and general manager of the Electrical Components Division.

Advaithi has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India and an MBA in international business from Thunderbird–Garvin School of International Business in Glendale, Arizona.

Advaithi serves as non-executive director on the BAE Systems plc board. She also serves on both the executive committee and board of governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.

Uday Yadav

Uday Yadav is president and chief operating officer, Industrial Sector, for Eaton, a power management company.

In this role, Yadav is responsible for the company’s Aerospace, Hydraulics, Vehicle, e-Mobility, Filtration and Golf Grip businesses, as well as the company’s operations in the Asia Pacific, Central and South American regions.

Most recently, Yadav served as president of the company’s Aerospace Group.

Since joining Eaton in 1994, Yadav has served as executive vice president of the Eaton Business System, president of the Asia Pacific region for the Hydraulics Group, vice president of Supply Chain Management for the Fluid Power Group, director and general manager of Eaton’s Global Hose division and local managing director for Eaton in India. In addition, he has held leadership positions in the Automotive Fluid Connectors business and Aeroquip’s European Operations.

Prior to joining Eaton, Yadav worked with Lucas Engineering and Systems and Aeroquip Vickers.

Yadav holds a double degree with honors in engineering and business from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom.

Yadav is a member of the Board of Directors of Hopewell and serves on their executive committee. Hopewell provides an opportunity for adults with serious mental illness to experience a self-reliant and satisfying life through participation in a vibrant residential therapeutic farm community.