Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced that Donald J. McGrath has been named vice president, communications. McGrath joined the company January 20 and leads Eaton's internal, external, digital and brand communications.
"Don brings a great breadth of experience to Eaton," said Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer. "He has worked very successfully at a number of diversified industrial companies and is familiar with many of Eaton's markets and customers. Don also has done significant work in the area of brand management, which is a key area of focus for Eaton."
McGrath joins Eaton from BASF Corporation, North America, where he had been vice president, corporate communications since 2002. He was previously vice president, global communications for Rockwell Automation and before that was director, corporate communications for Textron.
McGrath began his career in the U.S. Army, where he served for 22 years. While in the Army, McGrath served in a number of communications positions including press secretary and spokesman for the Army chief of staff at the Pentagon and director of public affairs for the United States Military Academy at West Point. He held the rank of lieutenant colonel upon retiring from active duty in 1996.
McGrath holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master's in communications from Clarion University in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Civilian Public Affairs Committee at West Point and the Arthur W. Page Society and is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America.