Johnson Controls establishes leadership for Asia Pacific

Appoints key senior executives to new leadership roles

May 22, 2014, 08:30 ET from Johnson Controls

MILWAUKEE, May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company with established core businesses in the automotive, building, and energy storage industries, announced today that its board of directors has elected two of its existing corporate officers to expanded roles responsible for leading the company and developing its enterprise capabilities in Asia Pacific.

"We are taking a significant step toward establishing the enterprise leadership required for our business in Asia Pacific," said Alex Molinaroli, chairman and chief executive officer, Johnson Controls. "Having company leaders located in the region is a key enabler, as we significantly expand investments across all business units within the region and strengthen our automotive relationships in response to the continued rapid growth of China as the largest automotive market in the world."

Dr. Beda Bolzenius, vice president and president Automotive Experience, will continue in his current role and take on the additional responsibility for leading Johnson Controls' enterprise activities for Asia Pacific.  As vice chairman, Johnson Controls Asia Pacific, Bolzenius will relocate to Shanghai and will lead the region for the company.  He will also be the Johnson Controls' executive sponsor for the recently announced automotive interiors joint venture with Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co. 

Dr. Bolzenius joined Johnson Controls in 2004 as executive vice president and general manager of Europe, Africa and South America for Automotive Experience. In 2005, he was appointed vice president and president, Automotive Experience.

Susan Davis will assume the expanded role of executive vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO) and take an Asian Pacific assignment in Shanghai. With these additional duties, she will lead the creation of the company's future functional organization for the Shanghai headquarters and establish unifying human resource organization, practices and processes for the region. 

Davis began her career in 1983 as a strategic planner for Hoover Universal, an automotive seating and plastics machinery business. She joined Johnson Controls following the acquisition of Hoover Universal in 1985 and has since served in positions of increasing responsibility. She was named vice president, organizational development in 1993. The following year, she was appointed corporate vice president of Human Resources, and was named to her current position in 2005.

About Johnson Controls:
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 170,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and disciplined focus on operational execution, we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2014, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #12 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please visit


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