Emerson announced that Edgar M. Purvis, Jr. has been named executive vice president of Emerson and business leader of Emerson Climate Technologies, headquartered in Sidney, OH, U.S. Thomas E. Bettcher, who has been business leader since 1997, will become chairman of Emerson Climate Technologies to focus primarily on strategic planning and organizational development. The transition will take place over the next several months.
Purvis joined Emerson in 1983 as a product planner with Copeland. He assumed a number of senior management positions in air-conditioning marketing, sales and product planning, and in 1993 was appointed vice president of Marketing.
In 1995, Purvis was promoted to vice president of Sales and Marketing, and in 1996 became the president of Refrigeration, a position he held until 2003 when he was named group vice president of Refrigeration.