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Emerson Announces New Business Leadership Appointments

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Tim Ferry Named President of InSinkErator®; Chad Severson Assumes Role as President of Emerson Tool Co.</i> </p>

Friday, May 06, 2011

Emerson Announces New Business Leadership Appointments09:00 EDT Friday, May 06, 2011 ST.LOUIS (Business Wire) -- Emerson (NYSE: EMR) today announced the appointment of Tim Ferry as President of its InSinkErator business, the leading manufacturer of food waste disposers and instant hot water dispensers, headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin. Ferry had been president of Emerson Tool Co. Replacing Ferry as the new president of Emerson Tool Co. will be Chad Severson, who previously served as president of Emerson's Knaack business. Ferry succeeds Jerry Ryder, whose 35 years in marketing and management with Emerson included 16 years as InSinkErator president. He will serve in a new role as chairman of the business before retiring from InSinkErator at the end of 2011. Emerson Chairman and CEO David N. Farr praised Ferry and Severson for their many years of industry experience and past leadership contributions to Emerson. “Tim Ferry and Chad Severson both bring strong management skills, professionalism and industry leadership to their new roles within Emerson. They and their teams will continue to drive innovation and new growth for both InSinkErator and Emerson Tool Co. brands,” Farr said. Ferry started his career at Emerson in 1988 as a marketing manager with the special products unit and held various sales and marketing positions, eventually becoming vice president. In 1996, he was named vice president and general manager for Emerson Tool Co,. and in 2002 was appointed president. He holds a BA in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. Severson began his career at Emerson in 1992 as a manager in market analysis for Copeland Corporation, where he eventually became VP of marketing. Severson left Emerson for three years to serve in various sales and marketing positions with Kohler Co, and returned to Emerson in 2005 as Knaack's vice president of marketing and product development. In 2006 he was appointed president of Knaack. Severson received his BS in management from the US Air Force Academy, and he holds an MBA from the Ohio State University. About Emerson Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and tools and storage businesses. Sales in fiscal 2010 were $21 billion. For more information, visit for EmersonMark Polzin,