Innovation Center named for Roell

Johnson Controls Inc. named its Global Innovation Center in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward after outgoing chief executive officer Stephen Roell in a ceremony Tuesday night.


Roell retired as chief CEO on Oct. 1.

Inspired by the history of innovation started by company founder Warren Johnson, Roell founded the Johnson Controls Innovation Center in 2013 with a vision to continually transform and renew the company by pursuing new ideas that deliver value to customers.

The center serves as a catalyst to support Johnson Controls employees, customers, suppliers and other partners as they find the innovation that creates business results.

“One of the most enduring aspects of Steve Roell’s legacy as CEO was his passion and commitment to fostering a culture of innovation,” said Alex Molinaroli, who succeeded Roell as CEO of Johnson Controls. “Steve laid a tremendous foundation for our company to grow and naming our Innovation Centers after him is one way we hope to honor his leadership.”

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