Johnson Controls appoints new leaders

Glendale-based Johnson Controls Inc. recently announced the appointments of Joe Walicki as vice president and president of the company’s Power Solutions business and Jeff Williams as vice president of enterprise operations and engineering. They were also both elected corporate officers by the company’s board of directors.

Walicki will lead Johnson Controls’ $6.6 billion Power Solutions business worldwide, replacing Brian Kesseler who left Johnson Controls to become chief operating officer of Tenneco Inc. Walicki will report to R. Bruce McDonald, executive vice president and vice chairman.

Walicki joined Johnson Controls in 1988, beginning with the company’s Building Efficiency Philadelphia branch office. He later served as vice president and general manager of Systems, Services and Solutions, North America. He was most recently appointed COO for Power Solutions in July 2014.

Williams, who was elected by the board of directors to the newly created role of vice president of enterprise operations and engineering, will lead the company’s overall manufacturing operations, procurement and integrated supply chain, advanced manufacturing and engineering functions.

He will also assume overall responsibility for quality, continuous improvement, and health and safety functions. Additionally, Williams will direct the company’s Global Manufacturing Operations and Global Engineering Excellence Councils.

Williams will report to Alex Molinaroli, chief executive officer and chairman. 

Williams, who joined Johnson Controls in 1984, most recently served as group vice president and general manager of Product Group Complete Seat and Supply Chain, Automotive Experience. Williams previously held numerous global leadership roles spanning all aspects of the automotive seating business. Over the past two years, he has also been involved in the creation and leadership of the Global Manufacturing Operations Council.

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