Frankfurt, Germany -- Beda Bolzenius, vice president of Johnson Controls and president of the company's Automotive Experience business has gained a 2011 Automotive News Europe Eurostar award.
Bolzenius, 55, was recognised in the category "Supplier Division Head" for the company's acquisitions of German seat specialists C. Rob. Hammerstein Group (CRH) and Keiper as well as Recaro Automotive.
These acquisitions account for more than $1000 million of sales with major European automakers, including BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche. "I am honoured to accept this award from Automotive News Europe," Bolzenius said, "This award is a testament to our acquisition strategy and underscores the competitive advantages CRH, Keiper and Recaro Automotive bring to Johnson Controls' automotive seating business."
Announcing the award, Automotive News Europe editor-in-chief Harald Hamprecht pointed to Bolzenius' leadership qualities: "This prize honours outstanding auto executives for their ability to make long-range decisions and then having the courage to see them through. By spearheading these two strategic purchases, Beda Bolzenius has fortified the strong market position of Johnson Controls' Automotive Experience business, proving that he is willing to lead and take action when it is the right time."
Johnson Controls is a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems, door and instrument panels, and interior electronics. The company claims to support all major automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through our products, technologies and advanced
manufacturing capabilities, with 200 locations worldwide.