Cooper Industries Appoints New Human Resources Senior Executive
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P.O. Box 4446
Houston, TX, 77210
Press release date: September 19, 2006
HOUSTON - Sept. 19, 2006 - Cooper Industries (NYSE:CBE) today announced the appointment of James P. Williams as senior vice president, human resources. Williams will report to Cooper Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kirk S. Hachigian.
Williams replaces David R. Sheil, Cooper's Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer, who is leaving the company following 20 years of service. Sheil will remain with Cooper until the end of 2006, serving in an advisory capacity to Hachigian and Williams.
Williams joins Cooper from Danaher Corporation where he served as corporate vice president of human resources. He advanced an HR agenda, including the successful integration of a number of key acquisitions in support of the company's global business strategies. Williams also worked for ten years at Honeywell (Allied Signal), Inc., in a series of increasingly responsible assignments, most recently as vice president of corporate human resources. He also spent five years with Monsanto, and six years with General Motors Corporation, in various leadership roles. During the course of his career, Williams has worked in complex and matrixed organizations identifying and developing global talent. He brings extensive experience in labor/employee relations, organizational and leadership development, succession planning, compensation and benefits, and change performance management.
"Jim Williams provides Cooper with an exceptional range of strategic leadership capabilities across all realms of human resources practices in world-class Fortune 500 organizations," said Hachigian. "His work with growth-oriented, acquisitive companies and international manufacturing operations is accompanied by a precise working knowledge surrounding human resources best practices. He will play a critical role in identifying and developing Cooper's next-generation leaders as we expand our business portfolio."
Williams earned an M.B.A. from Washington University's Olin School of Business. He holds a B.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.
About Cooper Industries
Cooper Industries, Ltd. is a global manufacturer of electrical products and tools, with 2005 revenues of $4.7 billion, approximately 30 percent of which are international sales. Incorporated in Bermuda with administrative headquarters in Houston, Cooper employs approximately 29,000 people and operates eight divisions: Cooper B-Line, Cooper Bussmann, Cooper Crouse-Hinds, Cooper Lighting, Cooper Menvier, Cooper Power Systems, Cooper Wiring Devices and Cooper Tools Group. Cooper Connection provides a common marketing and selling platform for Cooper's sales to electrical distributors. For more information, visit the website at www.cooperindustries.com.
For information contact: Yvonne Donaldson Cooper Industries 713-209-8464 email@example.com