Eaton Names Sean Chen Vice President and Chief Counsel, Asia-Pacific

Date: 2013/7/04

Shanghai … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton recently has named Sean Chen vice president and chief counsel, Asia-Pacific, succeeding Greg Smith who is leaving Eaton to pursue other interests. Chen reports to Curt Hutchins, president, Asia-Pacific, and functionally to Mark McGuire, executive vice president and general counsel of Eaton.

Chen will be responsible for leading the Legal function across the Asia-Pacific Region and will work closely with Joyce Wong, director, Ethics and Compliance, Asia-Pacific, in driving Eaton’s culture of doing business right throughout the region. He will continue to shape key legal processes in the region as it pertains to commercial contracting, intellect property, and legal anticorruption ensuring they are aligned with the global function. He will also be responsible for continuing to strengthen the function and business relationships in the region.

“We would like to thank Greg for his contributions in building up the Legal function in the Asia-Pacific Region,” said Hutchins. “We look forward to Sean’s functional leadership as we continue to expand our presence in Asia-Pacific.”

Chen joined Eaton in May, 2011 as senior attorney, Asia-Pacific. Prior to Eaton, he was the vice president and general counsel for Walmart China. He has worked in different legal capacities in China and the United States, including corporate counsel for DuPont China, and attorney for an international law firm in Beijing. Before returning to China from the United States, he also worked as a judicial law clerk for the Oregon Court of Appeals and as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oregon, U.S.

Chen received a Bachelor of Law degree from Southwest Institute of Politics and Law, Chongqing, China, a Master of Law degree from Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, and a Juris Doctor degree from Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon, U.S.