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Cynthia K. Brabander Appointed Eaton Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Friday, March 02, 2012

Cynthia K. Brabander Appointed Eaton Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer08:30 EST Friday, March 02, 2012 CLEVELAND (Business Wire) -- Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) announced that Cynthia K. Brabander has been named executive vice president and chief human resources officer effective March 1, 2012. Brabander has more than 25 years of experience in the U.S. and in Europe, previously holding senior HR leadership roles with the Gates Corporation, Eaton, Emerson Electric, Sara Lee Corporation and Monsanto Company. She succeeds James W. McGill, who has been named president, Asia Pacific for the Electrical Sector effective April 1, 2012. “Cindy has clearly demonstrated thought leadership in the HR function, brings diverse and valued experiences to the role and is well prepared to continue to reinforce our values and our culture of Doing Business Right,” said Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer. “Her global experience will be a benefit to us as the company continues to grow and we work to build capability in our regions. We are delighted to have Cindy rejoin Eaton and I am confident that she will be a strong member of our senior leadership team.” Brabander holds a Master of Science degree in industrial and labor relations from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and sociology from South Dakota State University. Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 73,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com. Eaton CorporationScott Schroeder, 216-523-5150scottrschroeder@eaton.com