Filed by Eaton Corporation
pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933
and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12
under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Subject Company: Cooper Industries plc; Eaton Corporation
Filers SEC File No.: 1-1396
Date: September 7, 2012
[Communication Posted on Eaton Corporations Intranet]
Electrical Sector Names Integration Team Leaders for the Acquisition of Cooper Industries
September 7, 2012
Jeff Krakowiak, integration leader for Eatons Cooper Industries acquisition, announced the appointment of six integration team leaders who will spearhead critical integration work streams leading to Eatons successful assimilation of Cooper Industries. Responsibilities of the work stream leaders include integration planning in advance of the acquisition and development of the future strategy and operating structure to optimize the strength of the combined companies, said Krakowiak.
Eaton reached agreement to acquire Cooper, a global electrical equipment manufacturer with 2011 sales revenues totaling $5.4B and approximately 26,000 employees, on May 21, 2012. Finalization of the transaction is anticipated in the second half of the year after the necessary regulatory approvals are received.
The following integration work stream leaders and team members will transition into their new roles in the coming weeks:
Mike Bungo has been named Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain integration leader, reporting to Krakowiak. Bungo has served as senior vice president Manufacturing and Supply Chain for Eatons Electrical Sector since August 2010. He has been responsible for the integration of all operational functions with a priority on manufacturing, including manufacturing strategy, industrialization and new product launch effectiveness. Bungo joined Eaton in 1978 and held positions of increasing responsibility in the Truck, Fluid Power and Electrical organizations.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio and an MBA from the University of Evansville in Indiana. Bungo will remain located in Pittsburgh. His current position will not be immediately filled.
Molly Murphy becomes Global Sales integration leader, reporting to Krakowiak. Murphy was named vice president of sales operations for the Electrical Sectors APAC region in 2010. Previously, she led the OEM sales organization for North America Sales and has worked in the channel organization. Murphy joined Eaton in 1996 in organizational development for the Industrial Controls Division in Milwaukee.
She holds a bachelors degree in business and an MBA from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Murphy will relocate from Shanghai to Cleveland later this fall. A new APAC sales operations leader for the sector will be named in the near future.
Matt Cleary has been named Channel integration leader for the Americas, reporting to Murphy. Cleary has been vice president Channel for the Electrical Sectors Americas Region since 2010, having previously served as director of sales for the East Central Zone of the North America Sales organization. Cleary joined Eaton in 1981 as a sales engineer. He has since held area and district sales manager assignments as well as product and product line management positions.
Cleary is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee with a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering. Cleary will remain located in Pittsburgh, and his successor will be named following the close of the Cooper acquisition.
Dee Otts (formerly Walters) has been named Human Resources integration leader, reporting to Krakowiak. Otts most recently was director, Human Resources working on Project Link Oracle HRMS implementation. Previously she served as director Human Resources for Eatons Truck North America Division. She also served on international assignment in India where she was responsible for managing the countrys human resources function. Otts joined Eaton in 1995 and has held a series of progressively responsible positions including Human Resources integration leader for the Powerware acquisition.
Otts earned a bachelors degree in human resources from Kent State University and a masters in business administration from Lake Erie College, both in Ohio. Otts will remain located in Cleveland.
Joanne McHugh has been named Program Management integration leader, reporting to Krakowiak. McHugh joined Eatons Electrical Sector in June, 2012, as director of program management. She is an expert in establishing and embedding program management processes and capabilities. Prior to joining Eaton, McHugh held the position of director of program management at Goodrich Corporation.
McHugh holds a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and a masters degree in program management from the University of Manchester in the U.K. McHugh will remain based in Cleveland, and a search is underway for her successor.
Hilary Spittle has been named Branding and Marketing integration leader, reporting to Krakowiak. Spittle joined Eaton as senior manager International and External Communications in 2007 where she built upon her global experience in brand and marketing communications, media relations, internal communications, and trade events. Prior to Eaton, she held several communications positions at General Motors, including director Global Brand Communications.
Spittle earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Detroit. She will remain based in Cleveland, and a search will soon get underway for her successor.
Each of the integration team leaders will be complemented by a counterpart from Cooper Industries throughout the integration. Additional team members will be named nearer the close of the acquisition.
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