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Emerson promotes Andy Schwegal, Harish Shinde and Joe Ugarte

July 13, 2018 | By Ellen Cools

Andy Schwegal Courtesy Emerson

July 13, 2018 — Emerson recently announced a number of leadership changes at Appleton Group, an automation solutions business.

Effective immediately, 25-year electrical industry veteran Andy Schwegal has been promoted to vice president of industrial/commercial sales for Appleton Group. In his new role, Schwegal 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.

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. Shinde will now lead strategies for expansion into new markets and the launch of new products for control power and heating cable applications.

Finally, 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. Ugarte previously served as vice president of global sales for Tescom/Anderson Greenwood Instrumentation, another business unit of Emerson.


“Andy, Harish and Joe have all done an outstanding job over many years with Emerson, driving new levels of sales growth, innovation and service for our customers in diverse markets,” said Russ Kerstetter, president of electrical apparatus and lighting, Emerson. “I am confident that their talents will bring continuing success and new opportunities to our world-leading brands.”

Additionally, John Peterson is retiring from his position as executive vice president of global sales after 16 years with the company.

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