Tenneco has named former Johnson Controls executive Gregg Sherrill as its new chairman and chief executive officer.

Sherrill, 53, currently is president, power solutions, at Johnson Controls and takes up his new post on 15 January, 2007.

"He has considerable experience on both the OEM and components side of this industry, and fully understands the operational principles and disciplines necessary to grow a global business while continuously reducing costs.," said Paul Stecko, who has served as non-executive chairman of Tenneco on an interim basis since July.

Sherrill has been responsible for Johnson Control's global automotive battery business since 2003. From 2001 to 2003, he was group vice president and managing director of Europe, South Africa and South America for Johnson Control's automotive systems group.

Prior to joining Johnson Controls in 1998, Sherrill spent 22 years at Ford where he held various engineering and manufacturing posts including plant manager of the Dearborn engine plant and director of supplier technical assistance.