Emerson Network Power Combines Aperture & Avocent Business into New Division for Data Center Infrastructure Management

Emerson Network Power, St. Louis, is combining its Aperture and new Avocent businesses as a new division focused on helping data center customers better manage their infrastructure. This announcement follows the December news that Emerson's completed its Avocent acquisition.

The new division is part of Emerson Network Power and is headquartered in Huntsville, Ala. The unit combines Avocent's management systems division, which offers access and control of the physical aspects of network devices and servers, with Aperture's powerful infrastructure software for a robust portfolio of data center infrastructure management solutions. Emerson acquired Aperture in February 2008.

The new division will be led by President Stephen C. Hassell, who previously served as Emerson Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) since 2004. The division will report into Emerson Group Vice President Bob Bauer. As CIO, Hassell, was responsible for Emerson's information technology strategy, including hardware, software, and services, as well as its telecommunications infrastructure. He came to Emerson from Invensys, where he served as CIO. Prior to Invensys, Hassell worked in Northrop Grumman's Newport News division. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the United States Naval Academy and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He also holds a master's in management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Tom Waun, president of Aperture, will take on additional responsibility as president of global sales and marketing for the new division, and will join Avocent management team members who will retain their existing roles.

For Oct. 6 Electrical Marketing posting on the acquisition, click here.

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