Eaton Names Two Sector Presidents

Tim Darkes

MORGES, Switzerland & DUBLIN, Ireland — Power management company Eaton announced that Tim Darkes has been named president, Corporate and Electrical Sector, for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He succeeds Frank Campbell, who retired on March 31, 2019.

Darkes joined Eaton in 2017 as senior vice president and general manager of the Power Quality, Emerging Markets and Electronics Division, EMEA. During the prior 12 years, Darkes held several senior general management roles at Honeywell, most recently as president of its global Environmental and Energy Solutions business. He joined Honeywell through the acquisition of Novar PLC in 2005, where he was responsible for the fire, security and building management systems Product Division in the UK and international markets.

Darkes holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is also a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Over the past few months, Campbell and Darkes have been collaborating closely to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

Paulo Ruiz

Eaton also announced that Paulo Ruiz has been named president, Hydraulics Group, effective April 1, 2019. He will be located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and will report to Uday Yadav, president and chief operating officer, Industrial Sector.

“Paulo is an ideal fit to lead Eaton’s Hydraulics Group into its next chapter,” Yadav said. “His strong customer focus, extensive operational experience and record of building talented teams in diverse operating environments will be highly beneficial to our business. I’m looking forward to working closely with him. He will be a great addition to Eaton’s senior leadership team.”

Ruiz joins Eaton after spending more than 18 years with Siemens serving in a variety of strategic positions around the world. Most recently, Ruiz was chief executive officer of Dresser-Rand – A Siemens Business. In this position, he was responsible for integrating Siemens’ rotating equipment business within Dresser-Rand. Ruiz also ran the Bushings, Instrument Transformer and Coils business, Energy Transmission Division, and was director for the High Voltage Business Unit for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Prior to Siemens, Ruiz spent six years with Fiat, where he held roles in operations, commercial and engineering.

Ruiz has a master’s degree in business management from Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from FEI in São Paulo, Brazil. He also completed the post-MBA program from Kellogg School of Management at Fundação Dom Cabral and the Graduate Development Programme with Isvor Fiat in Turin, Italy.

Ruiz succeeds Curt Hutchins who will be leading the spin-off of Eaton’s Lighting business.

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