MILWAUKEE - Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) announced that its board of directors has elected Keith Nosbusch as president and chief executive officer, to take effect following the company's annual shareowners meeting Feb. 4, 2004. Nosbusch, 52, succeeds Don H. Davis as Rockwell Automation chief executive officer. Davis will continue his role as chairman of the board.
"Keith Nosbusch brings leadership, experience, an unmatched passion for excellence, and a demonstrated track record of success to this position," said Davis. "In a nearly 30-year career at the company, Keith has demonstrated the type of creativity, vitality, management skills, and global market knowledge that make him the ideal leader for Rockwell Automation. In the months to come, I will continue my close collaboration with Keith to ensure a seamless transition for all of our stakeholders."
"I am truly excited about the opportunity to lead this great company into what I am confident is a very bright future," said Nosbusch. "Rockwell Automation has everything it takes - a talented management team, dedicated employees, technology leadership, financial strength and leading market positions - to continue to prosper in the global industrial automation market. With these strengths, Rockwell Automation is uniquely positioned to continue to create customer and shareowner value. I look forward to working with Don and benefiting from his ongoing counsel," Nosbusch concluded.
Nosbusch began his career in 1974 when he joined Allen-Bradley as an application engineer and has been promoted to increasingly responsible positions leading to his appointment as president of Rockwell Automation Control Systems in November 1998.
Nosbusch earned a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition to Rockwell Automation, Nosbusch serves as a director of the Manitowoc Company, Inc. and serves on the board of numerous industry and civic organizations.