Johnson Controls names former Ford exec new Russia chief
Zaytsev joined Johnson Controls after a 13-year career at Ford.
Auto parts supplier Johnson Controls has named former Ford executive Alexander Zaytsev as general manager for the company's operations in Russia.
Zaytsev, 39, succeeds Heinrich Fiedler as general manager of the region. Fiedler is retiring after almost 15 years with the supplier.
Before joining Johnson Controls, Zaytsev spent 13 years working for Ford Motor Co. in various senior positions in European markets including Russia. For the past three years, the Russian national has been JCI's head of purchasing in Russia.
"We are delighted to welcome Alexander Zaytsev to Johnson Controls. He is a very experienced automotive executive with sound knowledge of this sector, especially in Russia. He will play an important role in bringing Johnson Controls' activities on the Russian growth market to the next level," Bryan Gray, vice president of the Johnson Controls group, said in a statement.
JCI operates two plants in St. Petersburg that produce car seats and mechanisms and has a factory in Togliatti that makes seat covers.
Johnson Controls ranks No. 7 on the Automotive News Europe list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide sales to automakers of $21.3 billion in 2011. Europe accounted for 51 percent of that total.
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