CORK, Ireland — Johnson Controls Intl. Plc. announced it has named Jeff Williams as vice president and president, Global Products, Building Technologies & Solutions, effective immediately. Williams succeeds Bill Jackson, who is leaving the company on Aug.  9 to pursue other opportunities.

Williams recently served as vice president, Building Solutions, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America (EMEALA) for Johnson Controls where he led sustained growth and improved margins across the region.

"Jeff is a proven leader, who understands how to help our customers win every day and help drive our company's growth platform," said George Oliver, Johnson Controls chairman and CEO. "I am excited for Jeff to take on this new role and I look forward to his further contributions as we solidify our position as the global leader in building technologies and solutions."

In his new role Williams will lead the Global Products segment, which reported a fiscal 2018 annual revenue of $8.5 billion, which includes Building Management Systems, HVAC and Refrigeration Equipment and Specialty Products.

Williams, who joined Johnson Controls in 1984, previously served as vice president of enterprise operations and engineering. He led the company's $16 billion Automotive Experience spin-off resulting in a separately traded company known as Adient. Prior to that, he was group vice president and general manager, Product Group Complete Seat and Supply Chain, Automotive Experience. He also drove standardization in design, manufacturing processes and equipment to establish global best practices for cost, quality, and efficiency.

Williams has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Western Michigan University and a MBA from the University of Detroit.

"We wish Bill all the best and appreciate all of his contributions to Johnson Controls and his leadership throughout the integration of Johnson Controls and Tyco in helping to transform our Global Products business into a market leader," said Oliver.

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