Barrett elected to Eaton board, Green retires

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Eaton Corp. announced that George Barrett has been elected to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. Barrett is chairman and chief executive officer of Cardinal Health, an Ohio-based health care services company. He served as vice chairman of Cardinal Health and chief executive officer – Healthcare Supply Chain Services from January 2008 to August 2009, when he assumed his current position.

Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Barrett held a number of executive positions with Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Inc., including president and CEO of Teva North America, corporate executive vice president – Global Pharmaceutical Markets and a member of the office of the CEO, and president of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA from 1999 to 2007.

“George brings a valuable perspective to our board through his extensive background in manufacturing, regulatory compliance, strategic planning and supply chain management,” says Alexander Cutler, Eaton chairman and CEO. “His strong corporate governance background, coupled with his international experience, will benefit our board and Eaton as we pursue business opportunities around the world.”

Re-elected as directors to the Eaton board were Todd Bluedorn, CEO and a director of Lennox International Inc.; Ned Lautenbach, retired partner of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Inc.; and Gregory Page, chairman and CEO of Cargill Inc.

Having reached Eaton’s mandatory retirement age, Ernie Green retired at the conclusion of the 2011 annual shareholders meeting. Green, who has been a director since 1995, was recognized at the meeting for his distinguished service to the board.