When Tom Bettcher was named chairman of Emerson Climate
Technologies this past summer, it culminated an almost natural progression
through various management and leadership positions within Emerson Electric, a
$24.8 billion a year global manufacturing and technology company.
The industry veteran came to the company in 1977 as manager
for new product development at Emerson Electric. That then led to vice
presidential positions within Emerson divisions such as White-Rodgers, Emerson
Motors, and Copeland. By 1998, he was president and chief executive officer of
Copeland (now Emerson Climate Technologies) as well as executive vice president
of Emerson Electric, leading to his current role as chairman of Emerson Climate
Technologies and remaining EVP of Emerson Electric.
As chairman, Bettcher said he will “focus primarily on
strategic planning and organizational development,” a new role that suits the
Bettcher has seen much success through his years with
Emerson, which has been credited to his efforts, open communication style, and
His ability to recognize, understand, and respond to the
needs of the HVACR market and his involvement in the Air-Conditioning, Heating
and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) demonstrate his commitment to the industry
as a whole. Bettcher has served as the AHRI chairman of the board, and member
of the executive committee, government affairs, and education committee.
Currently he is AHRI advisory member of the board of
directors and executive and planning committees.
He holds a bachelor of science degree from Cornell
University and a master in business administration from the University of
Virginia. He was a U.S. Navy officer from 1969 to 1973.
With Bettcher’s advancement to the chairmanship, Edgar
Purvis Jr. was named executive vice president of Emerson and business leader of
Emerson Climate Technologies, the latter a position Bettcher had held since
Purvis joined Emerson in 1983 as a product planner with
Copeland. He then assumed a number of senior management positions in air
conditioning marketing, sales, and product planning. In 1993 he was appointed
vice president of marketing. In 1996 he became the president of refrigeration,
a post he held until 2003 when he was named group vice president of
His bachelor and master degrees in mechanical engineering
are from the University of Tennessee and the University of Michigan,
respectively. He also holds a masters in business administration from Capital
University in Columbus, Ohio.
Purvis said that in the coming years he plans to “continue
many of the initiatives Tom successfully undertook including a focus on strong
industry stewardship and commitment to innovation, particularly in key areas
such as electronics and expansion into services and solutions.”
Noting a number of recent appointments, Bettcher said, “I am
confident that these new assignments and responsibilities for our management
team will continue to provide a solid foundation of leadership to enhance our
strong position in the industry. This combined experience sends a strong
leadership message about the commitment of Emerson Climate Technologies to
servicing our customers’ needs.”
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“Our management team will
continue to provide a solid foundation of leadership to enhance our strong
position in the industry.”
Edgar Purvis Jr.
Executive Vice President
“(We will) continue to
focus on strong industry stewardship and commitment to innovation.”