Eaton names Kroon president of N.A. automotive unit
DETROIT -- Engine parts supplier Eaton Corp. has named Staci Kroon president of the automotive North America division, effective Jan. 1. She succeeds Jake Hooks, who will retire from the company on March 1.
Most recently, Kroon was senior vice president of Eaton’s commercial vehicle transmission business. A search for her successor is under way, Eaton said.
Kroon joined Eaton in 1996, and has been general manager of the heavy-duty transmissions business in North America, as well as manufacturing operations manager for Eaton’s automotive business. She will be based in Marshall, Mich., and will report to Ken Davis, president of Eaton’s vehicle group.
Hooks joined Eaton in 1999 as vice president of the global hose division, and was named to his current role in 2009.
Eaton’s vehicle group is about 60 percent commercial vehicle business, which includes heavy-duty trucks, and 40 percent automotive business, which includes light vehicles. Revenue in both businesses has grown by double digits since 2010, a spokesman said.
Eaton, of Cleveland, ranks No. 90 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide parts sales to automakers of an estimated $1.61 billion in 2011.