Michael Train became president of Emerson in October 2018. In this role, he drives the company’s focus on software and digital technology development, major investments, international growth and global shared service organizations. In addition, he serves as chairman of Emerson Automation Solutions, continuing the automation leadership he brought to his previous position as executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions. From April 2016 until these recent appointments, Train served as executive president of Emerson’s Automation Solutions business, managing strategy and operations for one of the company’s two business platforms. In this role, he led initiatives to help industrial customers enhance their operations to achieve Top Quartile performance.
He also directed two strategic programs for Emerson: Project Certainty and Operational Certainty, to help companies reduce costs and timelines and drive more efficiencies into projects and ongoing operations. He also has been instrumental in developing Emerson’s digital transformation initiative that provides strategies and an actionable roadmap for customers to leverage new digital technologies for improved business performance. As part of Emerson’s digital transformation programs, Train has focused on digital workforce challenges and opportunities, including STEM education, university engineering programs, and on-the-job training to upskill existing workers.
In 2016, he was also named to Emerson’s Office of the Chief Executive which helps develop and guide the company’s global business strategies. He will continue to serve on this company leadership team in his new roles.
Train began his career at Emerson in 1991, starting as an international planner, and was promoted to vice president of planning and development for Emerson Asia- Pacific in 1994. He became president of Emerson in Japan and Korea in 1996, before moving back to the United States to lead Emerson’s planning group from 1997 to 2002 as corporate vice president of planning and international. In 2002, Train returned overseas when he was named president of Emerson Process Management Asia-Pacific, a role he held until 2008.
From 2008 to 2010, Train served as president of Emerson’s Rosemount business. From October 2010 to April 2016, Train served as president of global sales for Emerson Process Management. In the latter role, he oversaw five world area regional organizations focused on sales, service, support and customer satisfaction across all products and services provided by Emerson Process Management.
Train currently serves on Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management Advisory Council and was a 2008 Eisenhower Fellowship recipient.
Train holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from General Motors Institute and a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University.