Johnson Controls adds China expertise to board

Brian Duperreault to retire at 2019 annual meeting

Johnson Controls Inc. headquarters
The Johnson Controls Inc. operational headquarters in Glendale.

Last updated on May 14th, 2019 at 06:59 am

Pierre Cohade

Johnson Controls International plc has added Pierre Cohade to its board of directors, adding experience in China, a key market for the company.

Cohade was chief executive officer of Triangle Tyre, China’s largest private tire manufacturer from 2015 to May 2016. He also previously served as a senior advisor to China Vest Group, Wells Fargo’s investment banking affiliate in China and was president of Asia Pacific Tire for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.

“Pierre brings to us extensive experience operating large, global companies combined with an in-depth knowledge of China which is Johnson Controls’ largest growth market,” said George Oliver, Johnson Controls chairman and CEO.

Cohade is currently on the boards of Deutsche Bank China, Acorn International and CEAT India.

The company also announced Brian Duperreault, AIG president and CEO, will retire as a director following the company’s 2019 annual shareholder meeting.

“I want to thank Brian for his dedicated service to the company since 2004,” Oliver said. “Brian’s wise counsel has been invaluable to me and our executive management team as we continue the transformation of the Johnson Controls portfolio.”

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