Johnson Controls has named Joe Walicki vice president and president of its Power Solutions (batteries) business. The board also named him a corporate officer.

Walicki will head JCI's US$6.6bn battery business worldwide, replacing Brian Kesseler who is to be chief operating officer of another auto industry supplier, Tenneco.

Walicki joined Johnson Controls in 1988. He was most recently COO of Power Solutions from July 2014.