Steven J. Pelch
Executive Vice President, Organization Planning and Development
As the executive vice president of organization planning and development, Steve Pelch oversees Emerson’s human resources function and manages the company’s senior executive recruitment, leadership development and succession planning programs, as well as MBA graduate recruitment. He has headed the company’s organization planning and development function since 2012 and was named to Emerson’s Office of the Chief Executive in 2014. Oversight of the company’s human resources function was assigned to his portfolio in 2015.
Pelch began his Emerson career at its Fisher Controls business in 1987 where he held various management positions within its service organization, including supervision of the U.S. Southeast region and later for the larger U.S. Midwest region. In 1997, he led an Emerson acquisition based in New Hampshire.
In 2001, Pelch was promoted to vice president and general manager for Emerson’s Fisher Controls business in Asia, based in Singapore, with manufacturing facilities in China, Japan, India, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. In 2004, he was appointed vice president of planning for Emerson Process Management, the company’s largest business segment. In this role, he coordinated strategies for its business units and successfully completed several acquisitions.
From 2005 to 2012, Pelch served as vice president of corporate planning for Emerson, where he analyzed business plans, strategy and portfolio management investments to drive continued growth and profitability in collaboration with the company’s corporate and business-level leadership teams around the world.
Pelch serves on the boards of directors for Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis and for Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis, as its current chairman. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Eisenhower Fellowships, an organization that identifies and connects mid-career leaders through an international fellowship experience and lifelong engagement.
Pelch received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina.