Emerson Announces Mike Train Will Lead Reshaped Automation Solutions Business

ST. LOUIS, April 6, 2016 –​ Emerson (NYSE:EMR) announced today that Michael H. Train will become Emerson executive vice president and group business leader of Emerson's newly structured Automation Solutions business, effective May 1. He succeeds Steven A. Sonnenberg, who will be chairman of the business.


Automation Solutions will become one of two main business platforms for Emerson under a repositioning plan that began last year. The business will contain the operations and leading brands of Process Management, ASCO, Branson and Appleton units. Both Train and Sonnenberg will report directly to Emerson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David N. Farr.


Train has been president of Emerson Process Management global sales since 2010. Before that he headed its Rosemount unit after returning to the United States in 2008 from Singapore, where he had served six years as president of Emerson Process Management Asia Pacific. 


"Mike has been an integral member of the management team that has grown Emerson Process Management's leading position around the world," said Farr. "Emerson has the best and most experienced team in our industry meeting the needs of customers and industries to be served by our Automation Solutions businesses. I am confident that Mike and the entire Automation Solutions management team will continue to provide a solid foundation of leadership and help seize new opportunities and drive future growth."


Train joined Emerson in 1991 as an international planner and in 1994 he moved to Hong Kong to become the vice president of planning and development for Emerson Asia Pacific. Later he served as president of Emerson Japan, and in 1997 he returned to St. Louis as vice president of corporate planning and international. In 2002 Train returned to Asia to lead the Process Management unit there.


Train holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from General Motors Institute and a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University.


Sonnenberg has led Process Management since 2008. He first joined Emerson in 1979 as a marketing analyst with its Brooks Instrument business unit. He held a number of marketing and general management positions in Germany, London and Asia Pacific. In 2000, Sonnenberg was appointed president of Emerson Process Management Asia Pacific, and in 2002 he was appointed president of Rosemount. 


Sonnenberg holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree in business administration from University of Virginia. ​


About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2015 were $22.3 billion. For more information, visit Emerson.com.​

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