Ingersoll-Rand plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Katz as senior vice-president and general counsel, effective Nov. 1, 2010. He joins Ingersoll Rand from Federal-Mogul Corp. where he served for four years as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.

Katz succeeds Patricia Nachtigal who will stay with the company during a transition period, and retire in late December 2010. Nachtigal has been with Ingersoll Rand for 31 years, serving as general counsel for the last 19 years.

“We thank Pat for her years of outstanding service and many contributions to our company, and wish her well,” says Michael Lamach, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ingersoll Rand. “Pat has been instrumental in our company’s portfolio transformation from a heavy equipment manufacturer to a diversified firm serving commercial, residential and industrial markets worldwide. Along the way, she also developed a talented global legal team, and built a strong culture of compliance and governance that will be her legacy at Ingersoll Rand.

“Now we welcome Bobby Katz to the team,” Lamach adds. “Bobby’s breadth of global experience, 24 years of high-level business, legal and leadership success, and deep expertise in compliance and corporate transactions make him a strong fit for us. As Ingersoll Rand continues on its path to becoming a premier global industrial firm, Bobby will play a critical role with responsibility for all of our legal affairs worldwide.”

Katz will report to Lamach as part of his executive leadership team and relocate to Davidson, N.C.

Prior to joining Federal-Mogul, Katz was general counsel and regional compliance officer for Delphi Corp.’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operations, headquartered in Paris. In his seven-year tenure with Delphi, Katz established and led the EMEA legal department, following Delphi’s spin-off from General Motors in 1999.