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  • Emerson Announces Executive Promotions

    Steven A. Sonnenberg named executive vice president of Emerson and business leader of Emerson Process Management

    John M. Berra to become chairman of Emerson Process Management

    ST. LOUIS, September 22, 2008 – Emerson (NYSE:EMR) announced today that, effective Oct. 1, 2008, Steven A. Sonnenberg will be named executive vice president of Emerson and business leader of Emerson Process Management, headquartered in Austin, Texas.  John M. Berra, a 32-year veteran of Emerson who has been business leader since 2000, will become chairman of Emerson Process Management to focus primarily on strategic planning, technology, key customer relationships and organizational planning. 

    In announcing the promotions, Emerson Chairman, CEO and President David N. Farr praised Berra's leadership role in the global process industry and in driving Emerson Process Management’s technology innovation and its strong global position.  As business leader, Berra increased revenues for the business from $3 billion when he took over in 2000 to $5.7 billion in 2007.  He has driven development of digital communication standards, revolutionary plant control systems and the introduction of wireless technologies in process plants.

    “John has been a tireless force in pursuit of technology leadership, operational excellence and in establishing a strong foothold in markets all over the world -- not just for the past eight years as business leader, but for his entire career,” Farr said.  “He’ll continue to be a vital asset for this business and for our company in his new role.”

    Farr emphasized that Sonnenberg’s nearly 30 years industry experience and strong management abilities make him the ideal choice to take the business forward.

    Sonnenberg joined Emerson in 1979 as a marketing analyst with Brooks Instrument.  His career progressed rapidly as he assumed a number of marketing and general management positions in Germany, London and Asia Pacific.  In 2000, Sonnenberg was appointed president of Emerson Process Management Asia Pacific and in 2002 he was appointed president of Rosemount.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Georgia Tech and a master of business administration from University of Virginia.

    About Emerson Process Management
    Emerson Process Management (, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing, and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp & paper, power, water and waste treatment, metals and mining, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, and project management, and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb®, DeltaV™, Fisher®, Micro Motion®, Rosemount®, Rosemount Analytical, Daniel, Ovation®, and AMS® Suite.

    About Emerson
    Emerson (NYSE:EMR), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in 2007 were more than $22 billion. For more information, visit​