St. Louis-based Emerson on Wednesday announced key executive changes at Appleton Group, Emerson's Automation Solutions subsidiary that produces rugged electrical solutions for industrial and hazardous environments.
Effective immediately, 25-year electrical industry veteran Andy Schwegel has been promoted to Vice President of International & Industrial/Commercial sales for Appleton Group. In his new role, he will be responsible for global sales growth and operations outside the U.S., along with management of international industrial/commercial business and relationship management of Emerson channel partners. In his 16-year tenure with Emerson, Schwegel has held increasingly responsible positions, primarily in marketing, business development and sales management. Before joining Emerson, Schwegel gained industry experience working for Eaton Corporation, WW Grainger, and as a management consultant serving clients in the electrical industry.
To fill Schwegel’s former position of Vice President/General Manager of Sola and Heating Cable Systems, Harish Shinde has been promoted from Vice President of Strategy and Customer Care at Appleton Group. In this new role, Shinde will lead strategies for expansion into new markets as well as spearhead the launch of new products for control power and heating cable applications. He has also held the position of Vice President of Appleton Canada with responsibility for sales, marketing and operations. Prior to joining Emerson in 2011 as Director of Planning for Commercial Industrial Solutions, Shinde was manager in the Strategy and Operations practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP based out of the firm’s Chicago office.
Emerson also announced that Joe Ugarte has been promoted to Vice President of Hazardous at Appleton Group, with direction for the sales of electrical products targeting the North American hazardous location petrochemical and chemical processing markets, among others. He was previously Vice President of Global Sales for TESCOM/Anderson Greenwood Instrumentation, another business unit of Emerson Automation Solutions.