Jerome D. Okarma
Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Jerome Okarma joined Johnson Controls in 1989 as assistant general counsel. He served as group general counsel for each of the company’s business units, and was elected a corporate officer as assistant secretary in 1990. He was named to his current position in 2004.
Prior to joining the company, Okarma was an attorney at Inland Steel Company, from 1977 through 1982. He joined Borg-Warner Corporation in 1982, where he served as assistant secretary and senior attorney.
Okarma received his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. He graduated with honors from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in history.
Okarma serves on the board of directors for the United Way Leadership Team, Legal Division. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Western Illinois University.
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