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28 July 2014 | Gurjit Degun
Industrial firm Johnson Controls has appointed Michael Bartschat as its first chief procurement officer.
The company said Bartschat will “optimise cost and value” of purchased materials, products and services. There will also be a focus on supporting the company's ongoing transformation to a "true multi-industrial through operational and manufacturing excellence across its business units”.
Bartschat will report to Bruce McDonald, executive vice president and chief financial officer, who said: “While procurement has always been a focus at our business-unit level, under Mike's leadership we are committing ourselves to building a world-class global procurement function to leverage our combined reach and spend.
“This new role brings key strategic capabilities including global sourcing and procurement operations and will enable the introduction of common systems and processes across the organisation.”
Bartschat joined Johnson Controls in 2004 and most recently served as group vice president and general manager of product group metals and mechanisms, Automotive Seating at Johnson Controls. Previously, he led the transformation of the global purchasing organisation for the automotive seating, interiors and electronics divisions.