Automation software and technology firm Emerson announced the appointment of Michael Tang as senior vice president, secretary and chief legal officer, effective Jan. 1.

As chief legal officer, Tang will be responsible for all legal matters and global security pertaining to Emerson, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, compliance, dispute resolution, and corporate and commercial operational matters.

He succeeds Sara Yang Bosco, who will retire from Emerson on Dec. 31 after 18 years with the company.

Tang, who will join Emerson’s office of the chief executive, currently serves as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Agilent Technologies.