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Edward Monser will retire October 1 after leading Emerson as president since 2010.

Train Succeeds Monser as President of Emerson, Karsanbhai to Lead Automation

Aug. 17, 2018
Karsanbhai succeeds Train at Automation Solutions.

Emerson (St. Louis): October 1 will see a changing of the guard at Emerson Electric. Michael Train, who has led Emerson’s Automation Solutions business since 2016, will become Emerson’s president that day, succeeding Edward Monser, Emerson’s president since 2010 and as chief operating officer from 2001-2015, who will retire. Lal Karsanbhai will take Train’s place leading the Automation Solutions business.

Monser, 67, has helped to drive the company’s international growth and its global shared service organizations. A frequent world traveler, his 30-years-plus experience in senior operational positions has been pivotal as Emerson significantly extended its footprint and strengthened its global position in that time, the company said in a release.

“Ed has been at my side for almost two decades, and his leadership and dedicated performance have benefitted me, all of his colleagues, our customers and Emerson’s shareholders,” said Emerson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David Farr. “Most recently, Ed was instrumental in the successful restructuring and integration of our valves & controls acquisition – the largest deal in Emerson’s 128-year history. I am grateful to call Ed a friend and I thank him for all he has done to help create a strong future for this company.”

Monser began his career as a senior engineer at Rosemount in 1981. He went on to lead several critical operations at Rosemount before becoming its executive vice president and general manager, and then president from 1996 until he was named Emerson’s COO in 2001.

Train, who became executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions in 2016, will take over for Monser and also will serve as chairman of Automation Solutions. He and Monser are currently advisory directors for Emerson. Train is credited with leading Automation Solutions through a challenging industrial downturn from 2015 to 2017, and managing a strong new cycle of growth and performance for the business, including successful completion and integration of three critical acquisitions.

“Mike is a great choice to be our next president. His 27 years in operational and corporate positions, wide global experience and deep customer insights serve Emerson well,” Farr said. “I am confident he will build on Ed’s legacy and set new standards for performance as he takes on this important role.“

Train began his career at Emerson in 1991 as an international planner, before his appointment as vice president of planning and development for Emerson Asia-Pacific in 1994. He became president of Emerson in Japan and Korea in 1996, and then led the planning group from 1997 to 2002 as corporate vice president of planning and international. In 2002, Train was named president of Emerson Process Management Asia-Pacific, a role he held until 2008. From 2008 to 2010, Train led Emerson’s Rosemount business. From October 2010 to April 2016, Train served as president of global sales for Emerson Process Management. In 2016, he was also named to Emerson’s Office of the Chief Executive, which is responsible for the company’s global business strategies.

Karsanbhai, who has served as group president of Emerson’s Rosemount Measurement & Analytical business since 2016, has more than 23 years of experience with Emerson in a career that spans the globe. He served as president of Emerson’s former Network Power business in Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2014 and has held leadership roles throughout Emerson, including vice president of corporate planning, president of Emerson’s Fisher regulator technologies, and vice president and general manager of its natural gas unit.

“Lal brings deep expertise and knowledge in not only automation technologies, but also the growing global footprint of the industries we serve,” said Farr. “He will continue the evolution and incredible success of our Automation Solutions platform, as we help our customers navigate the shifting business landscape and adopt transformative digital technologies that improve the safety, cost and reliability of their operations.”

In his new role, Karsanbhai will oversee a business with expected 2018 sales of $11.4 billion and more than 53,000 employees across the globe. He also will join the Office of the Chief Executive.