Emerson, St. Louis, MO, announced that President James G. Berges will retire from the company effective Nov. 1, 2005, to pursue a number of personal interests outside of Emerson. Berges, 58, has been with Emerson for nearly 30 years. Named to his current position in 1999, he also serves as the business leader over Emerson Network Power.
It is with mixed emotions that I announce my plans to retire from Emerson next month," Berges said. "I am leaving one of the best jobs in the world, with a company that is exceptionally well prepared to continue to build on its strong global competitive position. However, there are many things I have wanted to do outside of Emerson and just have not had time. After 30 years, and with the company in great shape, this is a perfect time to pursue these personal interests."
Chairman and CEO David N. Farr will take on the additional title of president, and Berges' duties will be divided among senior management. Emerson Network Power will report to Farr, working closely with other members of the Office of Chief Executive (OCE), consistent with Emerson's management process. Other senior management for Network Power businesses remains in place, and there are no daily changes in responsibility or management expected.
"Jim has been a visionary leader, trusted colleague and valued friend to so many of us, including me, and he has been a tireless emissary for this company," Farr said. "The good news for Emerson is that he will continue to serve us in a number of important ways as a consultant upon his retirement, and will help see that we don't skip a beat as he transitions into his well-deserved retirement."
Berges joined Emerson in 1976 as manager of inventory control and has held key positions in the company's motor business, including president of Emerson Specialty Motors. He was named a group vice president in 1988, an executive vice president in 1989, and vice chairman and a director in 1997. Prior to joining Emerson, Berges held engineering and management positions at General Electric.
Active in industry affairs, Berges will continue as chairman-elect of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and on the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He also will continue to serve on the national Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN), the senior private-sector panel advising the President, Congress, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on issues relating to U.S. commerce abroad. Berges also serves as a director at PPG Industries and MKS Instruments.
A resident of St. Louis, Berges is chairman of the St. LouisScienceCenter's Board of Commissioners and a director of St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is also a member of the Advisory Council at the University of Notre Dame College of Business. Berges received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.