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Fabio's Bio
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Universidade Salesianas, MBA, Fundacao Getulio Vargas
Office location: Johnson Controls Power Solutions Global Headquarters, Milwaukee
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?: “If the train stops for you at the station be prepared to step on. Don’t be afraid to what you will find inside. You can always get back but you can never run after the train”
Favorite quote: “You can always find positive aspects even during negative situations. It is possible to use all this as an experience for the future.”
Meet Fabio

1.   What is your role at Johnson Controls?
I am the Product Line Engineering Manager for Power Sports and Optima batteries based in Milwaukee. I am responsible to lead the global product engineering resources and development projects for these two product lines. I am the key product line contact for the company to drive projects, technologies and resources to achieve company’s targets and customer’s expectations with Johnson Controls products.
2. What excites you most about your work?

Teamwork, relationships with colleagues and customers, and the product technology development are what really excite me about my work. I enjoy a deep technical discussion and solving problems with Johnson Controls technical experts and customers.
3. What is your favorite project you’ve worked on?
My favorite project that I’ve worked on is the motorcycle battery lineup development for Honda Japan. During this five-year project, we built a manufacturing plant and developed a product lineup. This allowed me to understand and respect the complexity of battery engineering as well as understand all of the customer’s expectations inside the automotive battery world. My technical expertise and teamwork abilities increased exponentially because of this project. I was able to travel to Japan three times to present the project results to the customer. It was a great experience and prepared me to assume the responsibilities I have today.

4. What do you like about working in Milwaukee?
I like the opportunity to start a new professional experience. I have now been in Milwaukee for six months and it has been an amazing experience. Before this, my entire career path was in a plant in Brazil. Now posted inside the company’s headquarters in a different country allows me to understand more about the global business and make strategic decisions. It has being a new beginning and I really enjoy new challenges.
5. What do you like most about working for Johnson Controls?
I really like the opportunity to travel and experience other cultures, the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience globally and to learn every day with my colleagues. Also the idea to work in a big project development for a new technology or new product for a specific customer really inspires me every day. I love that Johnson Controls allows me to do all these things.
6. What inspires you the most?

What really inspires me is to help the company to understand the global market for batteries and take strategic technologies decisions on investments and “where and how to play.”

Fabio's Day in the Life Diary
7 a.m.

Product line engineering staff meeting

Today, I start my morning by attending a global staff conference call. During this meeting, each Global Product Line Leader has the opportunity to share key highlights for the week with the team. We discuss major achievements and constraints, and what will be the main activities for the week, such as project deliverables, customer meetings, etc.
9:30 a.m.

Technical discussion

After checking emails, I head to an engineering meeting where we deep dive technical details for the plates in our OPTIMA® batteries. We discuss and revise the product engineering scope of the project.

Monthly conference call: Global standardization topics

After my lunch, I had a global conference call meeting led by the European team where we discussed projects for global material specifications release.
1 p.m.

AGM Lessons learned (data gathering review)

We reviewed all of the lessons learned from past projects so we moved forward with the Optima flat plate project design definition. This is a tool that we used to identify the key design issues and best practices we had in the past for similar projects; it enables us to identify how we can improve on the Optima flat plate project.
3 p.m.

Brazil call

The Product Engineering team in Brazil called to review a project to reduce the cost of our Power Sports batteries.
4 p.m.

Product Line presentation review

I finish my day by making a few revisions on my Product Line operations review presentation. I also prepared to present this to the PE leadership team next week. I always check and answer any emails one last time before I leave for the day.
5:30 p.m.

I go home to meet my son for his soccer game.