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Johnson Controls appoints new CEO and announces supply deal with Chevy

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 16:03 -- Ruth Williams
Alex Molinaroli

Johnson Controls has announced Alex Molinaroli is to be the company’s President and CEO from October 1st.

Molinaroli, who has been with the company since 1983, will also serve as Chairman of the Board from January 1st 2014, when Stephen Roell will step down.

The new President has said he wants to lessen the company’s business in car parts such as seats, dashboard displays, roof liners and other components. Instead he wants the company to be seen as a multi-industry company by getting into climate-control equipment and systems for hospitals, schools, offices and commercial buildings.

The auto battery business will however remain; the company has announced it is to supply Chevy with AGM batteries for the 2014 Malibu car.

JCI’s battery will go into the stop-start engine marking the first time Chevy has equipped a car with the fuel-saving technology as standard.