Eaton Corp. has made three major personnel appointments for its global operations, including naming Nanda Kumar as the new president of its Europe, Middle East and Africa Vehicle Group. Kumar, who joined Eaton in 1990, has steadily risen through the ranks, including serving as vp and gm for the specialty controls and valve actuation businesses. He will be based in Turin, Italy, and replaces Joao Faria, who has been named regional president--Americas, for Eaton’s Hydraulic’s Group.
“Nanda has held key leadership and operational positions within our automotive business and I am confident that his deep knowledge of the vehicle industry will help us continue to grow in the EMEA market,” said Joe Palchak, president-- Vehicle Group. “We look forward to his experience, leadership and proven performance as we manage through a challenging business environment in this region.”
The company also announced that Howard Liu has been named president of Asia Pacific for the Vehicle Group. Lui joined Eaton in 2006 as general manager-Hydraulics Operations, Greater China. Lui will be based in Shanghai.
Paolo Baretta has been named director and controller for the Vehicle Group for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Baretta will be responsible for internal and external reporting for the region, as well as pricing, forecasting, planning and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in support of the group’s goals and objectives.