Elmar Deegener, Robert Houston Assume Responsibility for New Product Business Units at Johnson Controls

By Johnson Controls Automotive Experience, PRNE
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

BURSCHEID, Germany, July 13, 2011 -


- Leadership Team Announced for Special Seats,
Metals and Mechanisms


Johnson Controls, a global leader in
automotive seating, interiors and electronics, recently completed
the acquisition of German automotive suppliers C. Rob. Hammerstein
(CRH), Keiper and Recaro Automotive. The acquired companies will be
integrated into two new Johnson Controls product business units,
Special Seats and Metals and Mechanisms. The Special Seats business
unit focuses on complete automotive and commercial vehicle seats
and will be led by Elmar Deegener. The Metals and Mechanisms
business unit is comprised of metal seating components and
structures as well as mechanisms and will be led by Robert

Special Seats represents a new product business unit for Johnson
Controls. It is comprised of the Recaro Automotive seat business
and the Keiper commercial vehicle seat business. Deegener, 56, will
assume responsibility for integrating and shaping the new product
business unit. He most recently served as CEO for Keiper since
2005. Prior to that, he was managing director of Keiper. He joined
Keiper Recaro in 1982 as a design engineer, and also led the entire
seat engineering department.

In the new product business unit Metals and Mechanisms, the
company will combine all competencies of Johnson Controls, CRH and
Keiper related to metal seating components and structures as well
as mechanisms for front and rear seat systems. In his new role,
Houston, 51, will be responsible for the integration and leadership
of the product business unit. Prior to this, Houston was CEOand
Managing Director of CRHsince 1997 and was a family shareholder.
Prior to that, he worked for a consulting company and Audi AG.

Deegener and Houston will report to Johannes Roters, group vice
president and general manager, Seating Components at Johnson
Controls Automotive Experience.

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About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and
industrial leader serving customers in over 150 countries. Our
142,000 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 interior 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

About Johnson Controls Automotive Experience

Johnson Controls is a global leader in automotive seating,
overhead systems, door and instrument panels, and interior
electronics. We support all major automakers in the differentiation
of their vehicles through our products, technologies and advanced
manufacturing capabilities. With 200 locations worldwide, we are
where our customers need us to be. Consumers have enjoyed the
comfort and style of our products, from single components to
complete interiors. With our global capability we supply more than
30 million cars per year.

For more information, please contact:

Johnson Controls GmbH          

Automotive Experience          

Industriestraße 20-30
51399 Burscheid
Ulrich Andree
Tel.: +49-2174-65-4343
Fax: +49-2174-65-3219
E-mail: ulrich.andree@jci.com


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