Johnson Controls announces addition of Barb J. Samardzich to Adient's board of directors

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Automotive executive brings international automotive industry experience to Adient's board

MILWAUKEE, July 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI) today announced that Adient, the automotive seating and interiors business that it plans to spin off in October, will have Barb J. Samardzich join Adient's board of directors after its separation from Johnson Controls. Ms. Samardzich, has served as vice president and chief operating officer of Ford of Europe since November 2013 and recently announced her retirement from Ford effective October 1, 2016. Ms. Samardzich is the seventh director expected to serve on Adient's board of directors.

"Barb is an experienced global leader who adds significant international automotive industry experience to Adient's board," said incoming Adient Chairman and Chief Executive Officer R. Bruce McDonald. "Her knowledge is a perfect complement to the broad industry expertise of the Adient board members. I am confident that Barb's insight will strengthen the Adient brand and company performance."

During her over thirty-five year career, Ms. Samardzich has been responsible for operations, manufacturing, quality, product development, purchasing, sustainability, environment and safety engineering in the automotive industry. Ms. Samardzich also serves on the board of MTS Systems Corporation where she is a member of the Compensation Committee.

After completion of the spin-off, Adient's board of directors is expected to consist of eight members, including:

  • R. Bruce McDonald, chairman and CEO, Adient
  • John M. Barth, retired chairman and CEO, Johnson Controls
  • Julie L. Bushman, senior vice president, Business Transformation and Information Technology, 3M
  • Raymond L. Conner, vice chairman, The Boeing Company; president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Richard Goodman, retired executive vice president, Pepsico
  • Frederick A. Henderson, chairman and CEO, SunCoke Energy and SunCoke Energy Partners GP
  • Barb J. Samardzich, vice president and COO, Ford of Europe GmbH

About Johnson Controls:

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 150,000 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 seating components and 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 by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2016, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #17 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

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