Ernest W. Marshall, Jr.

EVP and CHRO, Eaton

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Ernest W. Marshall, Jr. is executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Eaton, a global intelligent power management company with more than 85,000 employees in 170 countries.


Ernest leads Eaton’s efforts to attract, inspire and retain best-in-class talent while providing an exceptional place to work and grow. He is responsible for the company’s global Human Resources strategy, including leadership and organizational development, compensation and benefits, inclusion and diversity and talent acquisition. He also oversees Eaton Foundation and Community Affairs.


Ernest brings more than 22 years of global HR experience, most recently in executive HR leadership roles of increasing responsibility at General Electric. Before joining Eaton in 2018, he was GE’s vice president, Human Resources, Aviation, with responsibility for more than 45,000 global employees.


Ernest holds a law degree from Indiana University Bloomington School of Law, an MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in accounting and business administration from Bellarmine University.


He currently serves on the boards of trustees for Republic Bank and Trust, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, LSI Industries and the Kindway Organization.

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Tuesday, April 16
2:40 pm - 3:30 pm CT
Panel – From Moments that Matter to a Culture of Trust
Breakout Session
As the global work-from-home movement, spurred by the Covid era, fades away, it gives rise to a More details hybrid workforce marked by unclear expectations and, often, diverging opinions between leadership and employees.

While leadership undeniably influences culture, the wellspring of innovative ideas for job redesign, team performance, or new work processes typically comes from a passionate and well-intentioned employee. Bridging the gap between leadership expectations and employee priorities poses a challenge – and the truth is, many companies aren’t quite hitting the mark.

Forward-thinking companies, guided by the idea of progress over perfection, are shifting their focus to creating a “culture of trust.”

With this shift, the best leaders can demonstrate their dedication to engaging in the necessary tough conversations, exploring unconventional ideas, and striving for meaningful compromises that benefit everyone in this ever-changing work landscape.

Key Takeaways:
  • Employee-Centric Innovation: Emphasizing the importance of tapping into the creativity and insights of employees
  • Realistic Leadership Expectations: Recognizing that leadership may not always get it right and acknowledging the impact on the employee experience, with a call for realistic expectations
  • Cultural Transformation: Understanding the role of a "culture of trust" in organizational success and how it contributes to a positive and dynamic work environment
  • Commitment to Continuous Improvement: Discussing the commitment to progress over perfection and how organizations can foster a culture of continuous improvement

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