Retired President of Electrical Sector — Americas
Jerry Whitaker is a retired President of Electrical Sector-Americas, Eaton Corporation. Eaton, which is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is a global manufacturer of highly engineered products that serve industrial, vehicle, construction, commercial, aerospace, and mission critical electrical markets. Eaton’s annual sales are approximately $21 billion annually.
Jerry joined the company in 1994 as Marketing Manager of the Assemblies and Systems Division. In 1997 he was asked to serve as the General Manager for Cutler-Hammer’s Engineering Services and Systems Division. He was responsible for developing the business model and start-up of the division. Under his watch, the business grew exponentially.
After starting the Engineering Services and Systems Business he was promoted to Vice President of Power Distribution and Control and served in that capacity for 3 years. He moved on to the position of President of Power Components and Systems with global responsibility for nine divisions and a specific focus to grow globally. During this time he was responsible for numerous key acquisitions and took the business from a predominantly North American business to a balanced global organization with 50% of annual sales outside of the United States.
As President of Electrical Sector-Americas, Whitaker oversaw the profits and losses, manufacturing operations, sales, marketing, technology, and product development for 4 operational groups comprised of 12 divisions, 17,900 associates, and $4.3 billion in annual revenues. His group has successfully integrated eight substantial acquisitions in the past 4 years and implemented the Eaton Business System, Eaton Lean, and Six Sigma processes throughout its operations.
Jerry previously served on the board of Tuomey Medical Center in Sumter, South Carolina and was the Chairman of the United Way for Sumter and Clarendon Counties. He is currently on the boards of Matthews International, Sealed Air Corporation, Crescent Electric Company, and the Advisory Board of Universal Electric Company. He also serves on the boards of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Science Center, American Middle East Institute, and Syracuse University School of Engineering and Renewable Manufacturing Gateway. Before joining Eaton, Jerry spent 22 years with Westinghouse Electric Corp., serving in various management positions.
He has a B.S.E.E. from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.