Posted August 15, 2018

Emerson president and COO to retire

Edward L. Monser steps down; Michael Train named new president.

Emerson announced that Edward L. Monser, who has served as president since 2010 and as chief operating officer from 2001-2015, will retire Oct. 1.

Edward L. Monser Michael Train
Edward L. Monser Michael Train

Michael Train, who has led Emerson’s Automation Solutions business since 2016, will become Emerson’s president.

Monser, 67, has helped to drive the company’s international growth and its global shared service organizations. A frequent world traveler, his 30-years-plus experience in senior operational positions has been pivotal as Emerson significantly extended its footprint and strengthened its global position in that time.

“Ed has been at my side for almost two decades, and his leadership and dedicated performance have benefited me, all of his colleagues, our customers and Emerson’s shareholders,” said David N. Farr, Emerson chairman and chief executive officer. “Most recently, Ed was instrumental in the successful restructuring and integration of our valves & controls acquisition – the largest deal in Emerson’s 128-year history. I am grateful to call Ed a friend and I thank him for all he has done to help create a strong future for this company.”

Monser began his career as a senior engineer at Rosemount in 1981. He went on to lead several critical operations at Rosemount before becoming its executive vice president and general manager, and then president from 1996 until he was named Emerson’s COO in 2001.

Train, who became executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions in 2016, will take over for Monser and also will serve as chairman of Automation Solutions. He and Monser are currently advisory directors for Emerson. Train is credited with leading Automation Solutions through a challenging industrial downturn from 2015 to 2017, and managing a strong new cycle of growth and performance for the business, including successful completion and integration of three critical acquisitions. Train’s replacement will be named soon.

“Mike is a great choice to be our next president. His 27 years in operational and corporate positions, wide global experience and deep customer insights serve Emerson well,” Farr said. “I am confident he will build on Ed’s legacy and set new standards for performance as he takes on this important role.“

Train began his career at Emerson in 1991 as an international planner, before his appointment as vice president of planning and development for Emerson Asia-Pacific in 1994. He became president of Emerson in Japan and Korea in 1996, and then led the planning group from 1997 to 2002 as corporate vice president of planning and international. In 2002, Train was named president of Emerson Process Management Asia-Pacific, a role he held until 2008. From 2008 to 2010, Train led Emerson’s Rosemount business.

From October 2010 to April 2016, Train served as president of global sales for Emerson Process Management. In 2016, he was also named to Emerson’s Office of the Chief Executive, which is responsible for the company’s global business strategies.

Train currently serves on Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management Advisory Council and was a 2008 Eisenhower Fellowship recipient.

Train holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from General Motors Institute and a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University.